Leishman three clear after 64 as McIlroy treads water

  • Leishman three clear after 64 as McIlroy treads water

Leishman three clear after 64 as McIlroy treads water

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

"The Alfred Dunhill Links is a great, late season event and I really enjoy the format".

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. If the hole-in-one was lucky, the eagle was inch-perfect execution.

Anirban Lahiri carded even par 71 in the second round to finish the first two rounds at four-under and dropped from overnight tied-14th to tied-35 at the halfway stage of the BMW Championship here on Friday. "I think when you do get ahead of yourself, that's when bad stuff can happen". "You go from scrambling for a par to making three [birdies] in a row", said the laid-back Leishman.

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

Because of Day's ace at the 17th, the tournament sponsor will donate $US100,000 to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies. A bogey on 13th was made up with a birdie on 15th, but closing bogeys on 17th and 18th spoilt his card.

Fowler also chipped in for eagle on the reachable par-4 15th hole on his way to a 64. "I've had two eagles and a hole-in-one this week already, so everything's come in bunches".

It hasn't been easy for defending champion Dustin Johnson, who is facing putting problems.

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

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

The world number 22 has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in March.

The BMW Championship is the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup series and will determine the top-five seedings for next week's Tour Championship.

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. 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.