Leishman stretches lead at BMW Championship

Leishman stretches lead at BMW Championship

Leishman stretches lead at BMW Championship

McIlroy won the Tour Championship past year to scoop the lucrative FedEx Cup bonus, but world number two Jordan Spieth leads the rankings.

"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".

Cameron Smith is the third Australian in the field and he, too, has had a good opening 36 holes sharing 7th position at 8 under and although eight shots from the lead he has kept the door open for a place in the Tour Championship next week. "It's been, I think, 10 years since last time I had a hole-in-one", added Day, who had already chipped in for eagle at the par-five 14th. Day was two-under par heading onto hole No. 14.

Former world number one Day, seeking his first victory in more than a year, carded a six-under 65, benefiting from what he called a "lucky" hole-in-one at the par-three 17th - where his tee shot hit in front of the green, bounced and rolled in.

Marc Leishman BMW Championship
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Leishman can not, however, boast the best halfway score ever at Conway Farms, an honour that belongs to Day, who plundered the layout two years ago on his way to a victory that vaulted him to number one in the world. The top points earner after next week's Tour Championship will receive a $10 million bonus awarded to the season-long FedExCup champion.

Leishman's only blemish in an otherwise faultless round was when he bogeyed the 17th after missing the green and being forced to pitch sideways but that aside he continued on from where he left off yesterday.

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. Rory McIlroy is at No. 51.

"I would love to sign off on a good note, it would be nice to have something positive to go into the off season with but I am excited to get ready for next year". Two weeks ago at the TPC Boston, he took a two-shot lead into the back nine only to get passed by Justin Thomas and Spieth by shooting 40 on the back nine to finish third behind Thomas. "It isn't quite coming to together, it's about being patient". He looked away briefly before the ball hit the fringe and kicked forward toward the hole before rolling in.

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