Jason Day surges into the lead at BMW Championship

Jason Day surges into the lead at BMW Championship

Day still feels far away from 2015, when he won the PGA Championship and a pair of FedEx Cup playoff events.

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. Although in some ways, Jason Day has been on top at Conway Farms for the last 24 months. "I think when you do get ahead of yourself, that's when bad stuff can happen". "It was a lucky hole-in-one, I guess", Day said after his second ace on tour. 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. "Pushed it a little bit but I was trying to hit a high shot, 7-iron about 182 yards and land it there". "Seeing the last two days, I know I still have it in myself to be able to hit the correct shots and go out there and try and win". Last time I was here I was five shots better (after 36 holes).

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.

Jordan Spieth, No. 1 in the FedEx Cup after successive runner-up finishes in the playoff events, only managed a 70 and joined Mickelson in the group at 135.

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Rory McIlroy endured another frustrating day on the course after a 69 for 141, one-under, left him with a mountain to climb in his bid to earn a place in next week's season-ending Tour Championship.

The powerful finish allowed Day to make a massive late move through the field and he will start round three just two off Leishman's pace. "That's why earlier I said I'm going to donate that auto 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". "It isn't quite coming to together, it's about being patient".

Day actually has made three bogeys under ideal scoring conditions, but he has compensated with five birdies and an eagle in 14 holes.