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

Tricia Pearson
September 17, 2017

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

"I really took that as a challenge today, to not take it for granted that you're just going to make birdies", Leishman said.

Jason Day fired a hole-in-one during the second round of the BMW Championship. I don't tend to remember rounds of golf too often.

After making an eagle Friday on the 585-yard 14 hole, Day is at 11-under par, one clear of Marc Leishman.

"(I'm) Very pleased with how the last two days went.

Carding a seven-under 64 in the second round, the American shot three birdies before the turn on Friday, followed by another three on the back nine, impressing the spectators with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole.

Starting the day two back of Leishman, who opened with a nine-under 62, Day bounced back from a sloppy start featuring two bogeys with three birdies in his last four holes on the front side, before picking up an additional three shots on the inward half.

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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. Last time I was here I was five shots better (after 36 holes).

The Northern Irishman, who entered the tournament at his lowest world ranking - sixth - for more than three years having missed the cut at the Dell Technologies Championship, needed a good performance this week in order to reach the top 30 qualifying places for next week's season final Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The top-five seeds are guaranteed to win the $10 million FedEx bonus prize should they claim the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Leishman still clinging to that 2-shot lead at 17 under.

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

Rory McIlroy hopes to complete his golfing year on a "real high" with victory in next month's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Leishman came into the BMW Championship ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings after finishing third at the Dell Technologies Championship.

McIlroy had another up and down day, sinking five birdies, but giving shots back with a double bogey on six and a bogey on 13.

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