Over the aboriginal two canicule at the BMW Championship, Jason Day’s acknowledgment to his old cocky was the story. Meanwhile, Marc Leishman was arena bigger than anyone in the field, announcement circuit of 62 and 64 to booty the abandoned lead. That didn’t change in the third annular Saturday, with the six-foot-two Australian carding a three-under 68 to accessible up a five-shot advance at 19-under 194.
Leishman, 33, mentioned afterwards his annular on Friday that he consistently feels a bit under-the-radar in the states. In agreement of name recognition, he has a point, but his bold is up there with the top players in the world. His resume speaks for itself, with two PGA Tour victories, one European Tour achievement and four top-six finishes in majors, including his 2015 Accessible Championship playoff accident to Zach Johnson.
A achievement on Sunday at Conway Farms would be added affidavit Leishman should be accustomed as one of the top players in golf. This week, he ranks aboriginal in the acreage in birdies with 23, and aboriginal in absolute acclamation gained. If he can catechumen on the aboriginal absolute 54-hole advance of his career, it’ll be his third achievement on the PGA Tour, and additional this season.
Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, attempt analogous one-under 70s and are angry for additional at 14-under 199. Day wasn’t able to get abundant going, authoritative aloof two birdies and a bogey. Fowler’s annular featured an hawkeye on his aperture hole, but not abundant afterwards that, with aloof one baboon and two bogeys.
Seven aback in abandoned fourth at 12-under 201 is England’s Justin Rose, who acquaint his low annular of the week, a bogey-free five-under 66. Rose had been disturbing back his Masters runner-up finish, missing three of his abutting six cuts and finishing no college than T-54 on the PGA Tour. But the playoffs accept ambulatory the 2013 U.S. Accessible champ, who now has a adventitious to accomplishment central the top 10 for a third beeline time with a acceptable accomplishment on Sunday.
Jon Rahm is amid a accumulation of seven players angry for fifth at 11-under 202. The Spaniard carded the annular of the day forth with four others, a six-under 65 that featured seven birdies and a bogey. The low annular saw him basement 24 spots up the baton board, but he’s projected to abide at fifth in the standings. Abundant like Rose, Rahm has begin some anatomy in the playoffs, finishing T-3 at the Northern Trust and T-4 at the Dell Technologies Championship.
Three players are at 10-under 203, including Stewart Cink, who attempt a one-under 70. The 44-year-old entered the anniversary at 57th in the standings, and still has assignment larboard to able the top 30 and acquire a atom at the Tour Championship. He’s projected at 46th and attractive to accomplish it to the final leg of the playoffs for the aboriginal time back 2009.
Phil Mickelson, projected at 33rd, and Sergio Garcia, projected at 27th, are angry for 15th at nine-under 204.