Leishman extends lead at BMW Championship

Ann Santiago
September 18, 2017

Playing in the penultimate group with Rose, 2015 BMW Championship victor Day got to within four shots of Leishman before finding the water at the par-3 11th en route to a crippling double-bogey.

Leishman's compatriot Jason Day and American Rickie Fowler are now in a tie for second-place on 14-under, after they carded respective rounds of 70, while England's Justin Rose has moved into contention on 12-under following a bogey-free score of 66.

"Seeing the last two days, I know I still have it in myself to be able to hit the correct shots and go out there and try and win", Day said.

The 22-year-old from Spain racked up seven birdies against just one bogey and signed for a 65, tied with Lucas Glover (-10, T12) for best of the day. I missed those today and, unfortunately, shot 1 under.

"Of course, not as many birdies today but the conditions were quite a bit different so overall really happy with the round".

England's Justin Rose fired a 66 to take outright fourth at 12-under.

Jason Day won THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2015 by six shots.

The BMW Championship is the next-to-last event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. "Quite happy with how he's happy because we're on the Presidents Cup team together but saying that, I mean he's going to be very hard to beat tomorrow".

"A lot of tournaments you put three rounds together, but maybe not be in a row", said Leishman. Very easy to throw a mediocre round in there.

"Leish is playing spectacular", Day said. He's hitting it in the right spots, hitting it on the greens and holing putts. "A lot of great players just behind me".

"The closer I can get to the Top-5, the better". "That's a good formula for success, and it's going to be tough".

Fowler also finished strongly, with three birdies and an eagle for a 64.

During NBC's telecast Saturday, Jim Mackay, Phil Mickelson's former caddie who now works as an analyst, called Leishman, "the most underrated player in golf".

Fowler got off to the ideal start with an eagle at the opening hole, but he struggled for the remainder of the round and carded a disappointing 70 along with Day, who failed to make a birdie after the turn as firmer, faster conditions made scoring more hard.

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