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Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship

17 September 2017, 12:32 | Ken Black

Leishman leads by two at BMW Championship

PHOTOS: BMW Championship

To hear him talk of his wire-to-wire victory at the 2015 BMW Championship that took him to No. 1 in the world is to listen to someone describing an out-of-body experience.

Jason Day hit a stunning hole-in-one at the BMW Championship on Friday to stay in touch with runaway leader and compatriot Marc Leishman.

"Last week showed that leading by a couple of shots going into the back nine is not enough and there is a lot of great players just behind me so I need to keep the foot on the pedal". "You still have to earn every birdie". "I can't get too far ahead of myself".

Fellow Australian and final group playing partner Jason Day, the 2015 BMW victor, is one-under for the day in outright third at 14-under.

"It was a lucky hole-in-one, I guess. So the combination of those two things on a PGA Tour course is not a very good one", Leishman said.

Day will donate the BMW M760i he won for his hole-in-one to a foundation that provides college scholarships to caddies, while BMW will also donate $US100,000 to the cause. Jason Day, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Lovemark were tied for second. He recalls opening with a 70 at the Toyota Southern Classic on the Von Nida Tour in Australia and winning big.

The 29-year-old came back from three bogeys to put in another spectacular performance with an eagle on the 14th, ending round two with a six-under 65.

McIlroy is nine shots behind American Patrick Cantlay, who occupies fourth spot. 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.

The Northern Irishman needs a top-four finish to reach the Tour Championship, the final Tour event of the season.

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

His 69 took him to 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th.

Johnson won the first playoff event; Thomas, the second.

Leishman is hitting his stride at just the right time.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman captured the FedEx Cup title last year - and its $10 million bonus jackpot - but is now projected to finish 60th unless he makes a big move over the final two round, estimating he needed "a couple of 65s" to make any impact.



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