Marc Leishman leads Day and Fowler at BMW

Day came in to the week 28th in the FedExCup standings

After his only bogey of the day at the par-three 17th, Leishman birdied the par-five 18th at Conway Farms to complete 36 holes at 16-under par 126.

Day's tee shot at the 188-yard par-three 17th landed just in front of the green, took a couple of bounces and trickled into the hole, much to the Australian's surprise.

"I'm pretty happy with backing up a 62 with a 64", said Leishman, who started the day with a two stroke lead. He made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole with a 7-iron that turned into a payoff for multiple parties.

For his efforts, BMW has made a 100,000 dollar (£73,500) donation to the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation. "That's why earlier I said I'm going to donate that vehicle back to help another student because I am in a fortunate position and being able to not only impact one person but be able to impact another person's life, to be able to get them to go through college as well is huge".

The hole-in-one came moments after Day, who won the event by six shots in 2015, produced a chip-in eagle at the par-5 14th.

American Patrick Cantlay is solo fourth at 10-under after a 65, while Italy's Francesco Molinari sits alone in fifth place at nine-under following his 65. Day also won a auto and, not long after signing his card, he chose to donate that to the foundation to pay for another full scholarship.


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

The Northern Irishman needs a top-four finish to reach the Tour Championship, the final Tour event of the season.

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.

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

The FedEx Cup Playoffs continue this week as the PGA Tour makes its third of four stops in this season-ending series at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

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