BMW Championship: Marc Leishman leads as Rory McIlroy slips off pace

BMW Championship: Marc Leishman leads as Rory McIlroy slips off pace

Fowler joined Day in a tie for second by posting three birdies and an eagle over the space of five holes from the 13th, as FedExCup leader Jordan Spieth carded a one-under 70 to sit in a share of 10th.

He did that and then some, his confidence boosted by his birdie at the par-four seventh, where he struck a low fizzing pitch that scuttled into the hole. Conway Farms is hosting the BMW Championship for the third time in the last five years.

After making an eagle Friday on the 585-yard 14 hole, Day is at 11-under par, one clear of Marc Leishman. The Clemson alum landed seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 1.280 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 2.777 around-the-green.

"We were trying to land it 182 (yards) and I kind of pushed it".

Backing up: Marc Leishman followed a nine-under 62 up with a 64 on day two.

"I've got a lot of good memories here, and the crowds are great".


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

Fowler also finished strong, with three birdies and an eagle from the 13th through 17th of a 64 for 129.

Leishman is now a projected 4th in the Fedex Cup points table and if he can remain inside the top four heading into next week's Tour Championship then he controls his own destiny in search of the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus as any player inside the top five would win the top prize with victory in Atlanta.

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. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy saw his slim hopes of defending the FedEx Cup playoff title dwindle further as his second-round 69 left him 15 off the lead.

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. Half my mind is what I'm doing right now, half is planning what I am doing over the next three months to come out and be a better golfer than I have been this year", said McIlroy, adding: "The frustrating thing is I know it is in there somewhere. He looked away briefly before the ball hit the fringe and kicked forward toward the hole before rolling in.

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