Day's hole-in-one overshadows fellow Aussie's blitz

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

Day's 13-under total leaves him with a share of second place alongside world number 10 Rickie Fowler (64).

Now there are advantages to having some degree of anonymity, he says. "Hopefully I can just play well, do the right things and not worry about the result too much, as hard as that will be".

Marc Leishman is leading the BMW Championship midway through the final round.

His round of 69 leaves him 15 off the lead - which is held by Marc Leishman - and in joint 50th place in IL.

The Australian opened with a round of 62 and briefly looked like carding another on Friday, only for a bogey at the 17th to ensure that the chasing pack remain on his coat tails entering the weekend.

Day appeared to be closing the gap on his fellow countryman when he made the turn in 2 under today and at that point he was within just two of Leishman but he was unable to make any further progress and, in fact, lost ground with a back nine of 1 over 37 to be five back.

"My last hole-in-one was at Turning Stone in 2008, so I've had a bit of a dry spell", he said. Stenson in 2015 also was runner-up in the opening two playoff events.

Phil Mickelson shot a 69 on Saturday, marking his seventh straight round in the 60s.

Leishman is looking to shed that designation and take his game to the next level.

He showed up at Conway Farms at No. 28 in the FedEx Cup with no guarantee of even reaching the Tour Championship.

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Park said: "I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players". I wanted to play for Annika and I really wanted to make that team.

Leishman held a two-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth going into the back nine of the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston.

The memory still is fresh.

"I hit the ball well and the putter cooperated", Leishman said.

The man all but took on the role of Day's father back in Australia at a time when a young kid who had gone astray needed some guidance. "I'm out there saying, should I hit this club or that club?"

"Yeah, I can't wait to get out there for these last two rounds".

A five-shot lead does give Leishman some margin for error.

Day, however, knows that overcoming Leishman could be a tall order on Sunday. Neither of the big names could muster any momentum Saturday.

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.

"I've got to come out and play really good golf because he's not making any mistakes", Day said. Otherwise, he knows his big lead can evaporate quickly.

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