Friday, 22 September, 2017

Day ace keeps him touch with Leishman

Sep 14 2017 Lake Forest IL USA PGA golfer Marc Leishman tees off on the first hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf Sep 14 2017 Lake Forest IL USA PGA golfer Marc Leishman tees off on the first hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf
Spencer Simpson | 17 September, 2017, 00:16

"Actually quite a lot that day, probably three, four holes which is not normal for me".

Leishman, 33, is the player to beat at the third and penultimate FedEx Cup play-off event after extending his advantage to three strokes ahead of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler during Friday's second round. "But those (ball-striking) statistics aren't great", Day said. You know, I've had two eagles and a hole-one-one this week already, so it's just... Cantlay returned after three years away to cope with a severe back injury and the death of his close friend and caddie, Chris Roth, who was hit by a vehicle as they were walking to dinner. "Last time I was here I was five shots better when I finished so I have go to try and catch up to my number and if I can hopefully if I can get to that winning score last time then can win". He shot 69 and was at 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th.

Jordan Spieth had a bogey-free 65, while Phil Mickelson shot 66.

The popular Northern Ireland golfer, now world No 6, will be looking for his first victory in the prestigious European Tour event, having finished runner-up in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

Leishman is hitting his stride at just the right time.

Leishman came into the BMW Championship ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings after finishing third at the Dell Technologies Championship.

The world number 22 has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in March. He's OK with that, and laughs at hearing fans whisper as he walks by, "Who's that bloke?" The BMW Championship will go to Aronimink outside Philadelphia next year and return to the Chicago area in 2019 at Medinah. Then, he was paired with Tiger Woods in the final round at Cog Hill.

"I remember being really, really nervous on the first tee, which I'm not generally a nervous person but that was a new thing for me", Leishman said after carding a seven-under-par 64 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Day didn't see the entirety of the shot, turning his head away from dust that flew into his eyes.

But that was a big day for Leishman. That's no longer an issue. It's an ebb and flow for players at the top level, all of whom vacillate throughout the year while trying to find the sparse middle ground that yields both ample focus and a sufficiently loose approach.

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