Leishman extends IL advantage

Ashley Carr
September 18, 2017

Marc Leishman extended his advantage at the BMW Championship to five shots on Saturday as Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm joined the chase for victory in IL.

Leishman, who goes into the weekend with a three-shot lead over Day and Fowler, told the PGA website: 'The game's feeling really good.

Only the top 30 players in the FedExCup points standings will advance to next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, where a $10 million bonus will be awarded to the season-long champion.

Britain's Justin Rose shot a bogey-free round and finished with a 66 on Saturday to reside in fourth place, seven strokes behind Leishman.

Spain's Jon Rahm carded a 65 to head a group of seven players on 202.

The BMW is the third of four events in the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs.

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Beginning the day three shots clear of the chasing pack, Leishman rolled in his 14-foot birdie putt at the third but gave a shot back at the next.

"The 62 was obviously pretty nice, but today was nearly as satisfying going into a Saturday with a lead to play the way I did", Leishman said. May not be in a row. It's very easy to have bogeys out there. Tomorrow I got to try not to do that. I feel like this course sets up for me a little better than it did at Dell. "Hopefully I can just play well, do the right things and not worry about the result too much, as hard as that will be".

For Day - who won the event by six shots in 2015 - his hole-in-one came moments after he produced a chip-in eagle at the par-5 14th.

But McIlroy is nearly certain to have an unscheduled week off next week as he put together a mixed-bag of a 70 which featured five birdies, including three in a row on the front nine, two bogeys and one double-bogey at the 14th after he carved his drive out-of-bounds. "It certainly took a few holes for me to adjust to it and I didn't quite have the stuff". The victor of the FedEx Cup Playoffs earns a $10 million prize.

Marc Leishman has put in another fine performance during the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

Spieth leads the FedEx Cup standings ahead of Justin Thomas, though the American has struggled for consistency at the BMW Championship this week.

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