Day bags hole-in-one, shares BMW lead

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

The 22-year-old from Spain racked up seven birdies against just one bogey and signed for a 65, tied with Lucas Glover (-10, T12) for best of the day.

'The game's feeling really good.

Now looks like he's gonna make next week's Tour Championship after beginning the BMW Championship No. 39 in the FedEx Cup standings. Leishman, 33, is used to hearing spectators saying "who's that bloke", even in his homeland. In 36 holes played, he has made a remarkable 18 birdies, his relentless pace stringing out the field in behind. Leishman now leads the BMW by five. "Quite happy with how he's happy because we're on the Presidents Cup team together but saying that, I mean he's going to be very hard to beat tomorrow".

Joining Rahm at 11 under are six players - including Charley Hoffman, who holed out from the fairway at the fourth and nearly repeated the feat at the 14th, the ball lipping out to deny him an eagle.

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

Marc Leishman opened up a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship as Rory McIlroy's FedEx Cup hopes faded.

The BMW Championship is the third of four playoff events on the PGA Tour.

Inspired by fellow Australian frontrunners Marc Leishman and Jason Day, Cameron Smith knows he can go low during the closing rounds of the BMW Championship.

Leishman left the world's best players in his wake with a solid if unspectacular three-under-par 68 at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Fowler also finished strongly, with three birdies and an eagle for a 64.

But with his sizzling round at Conway Farms he stole the spotlight from Jordan Spieth, who leads the playoff standings and played alongside Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson - who are right behind Spieth in the race for the $10 million playoff series bonus.

Leishman birdied three of his opening four holes and cancelled out a bogey-five at the sixth with a hat-trick of gains from the seventh to reach the turn in 30. Rickie Fowler third at 16 under.

"It's very quick down there so I just wanted to get something just landing on the green", he said.

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