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Leishman five clear of Day and Fowler after third round at BMW

Leishman five clear of Day and Fowler after third round at BMW”

The game's in a really good spot but the way the course is getting, you've got to be right on your game.

Should he stave off the field on Sunday, Leishman will secure one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship next week while the top 30 advance to the tournament itself.

"I'm here, so I might as well try to play well and try to get the most out of myself".

Meanwhile, Leishman carded eight birdies in a seven-under 64 round on Friday to extend his lead heading into the weekend.

Leishman shared the 54-hole lead at the Dell Technologies Championship TPC Boston two weeks ago with Justin Thomas, who surged ahead in the final round to win the event. Although in some ways, Jason Day has been on top at Conway Farms for the last 24 months. Very easy to throw a mediocre round in there.

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

Leishman holed 10 birdies to match his career-low score on the PGA Tour, posting a nine-under-par 62 in ideal conditions at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

Spieth heads the FedExCup standings -- and the race for the $US10 million ($F20m) bonus awarded to the overall season champion -- with only next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta remaining after this week.

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

The third-round leader/co-leader has won the last three consecutive years (Billy Horschel/2014, Jason Day/2015, Dustin Johnson/2016) at the BMW Championship.

Fowler's frustration increased when he bogeyed the 12th after finding a fairway bunker from the tee and, although he finally got a birdie putt to drop at the long 14th, another drive into sand at 16 cost him another shot as he slipped back to 14 under.

"If I have a really good off-season and prepare and practice on the right things, come out mentally fresh and physically fresh, I feel like '18 will be a really good year for me".

Day nailed a 20-footer at the 10th and added four more birdies over his final six holes, with Hoffman later joining him in joint-second after finishing with back-to-back gains.

Day made a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th and Fowler carded a pair of eagles to stay in contention on 13 under.



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