BMW Championship. Marc Makes It This Time.

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Marc Leishman makes it this time around winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc, from Australia, cruised to victory at the BMW Championship with a last round -4 under par 67, to post a winning total of -23 under par;

“I feel awesome about this, it’s a long week when you lead every day.”

“Backing up that back nine last week at the Dell, when the pressure got put on by Rosie, I reacted with birdies.”

“Just tried to keep doing my own thing and give myself chances, and managed to roll a couple in there at the end which was nice walking up the last there with a bit of a buffer.”

“It’s just nice to put four good rounds on the board and in a really big event.”

 “Backing up what happened last week was probably the most satisfying thing for me.”

Tied in second place at -18 under par were Justin Rose, England, -6 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, USA, -4 under par 67.

Jason Day claimed fourth place on his own with a final round -2 under 69 giving him a -16 under par total, and he is full of admiration for Marc;

“I think he’s a great player, especially I grew up playing amateur golf against him,”

 “I don’t think he may have projected himself standing where he is today when we were sitting on a tee back when I was 16 and he was 18 or so.”

“He’s done a tremendous job, obviously, getting to where he is. I think there’s still a ton left in the tank for him.

The East Lake contenders are

1. Jordan Spieth 2. Justin Thomas 3. Dustin Johnson 4. Marc Leishman 5. Jon Rahm

6. Rickie Fowler  7. Hideki Matsuyama  8. Justin Rose 9. Brooks Koepka 10. Paul Casey

11. Pat Perez 12. Matt Kuchar 13. Charley Hoffman 14. Daniel Berger 15. Jason Day

16. Webb Simpson 17. Jhonattan Vegas 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Kevin Chappell 

20. Brian Harman 21. Adam Hadwin 22. Kyle Stanley 23. Patrick Reed 24. Tony Finau

25. Sergio Garcia 26. Xander Schauffele 27. Russell Henley 28. Gary Woodland

29. Patrick Cantlay  30. Jason Dufner

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BMW Championship. Marc In Cruise Control.

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Marc Leishman seems to be operating in cruise control at the BMW Championship, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Leishman holds commanding lead at BMW

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Marc, from Australia, carded a third round -3 under par 68 to extend his BMW Championship lead to five shots with a -19 under par total, and this time wants to finish well. His game is in good shape and the putting is great;

After what happened at the Dell I got extra determination to finish this one off and my game is in a better spot.”

“Game is still in a good spot.”

“The course changed quite a lot today compared to the first two days, firmed up a lot and greens sped up so that was good to see and nice to keep making birdies like I have been all week.”

“Obviously not as many today but the conditions were quite a bit different. Really happy with the round.”

“The sixty two was obviously pretty nice but, you know, today was almost as satisfying going into a Saturday with a lead to play the way I did, gave myself a lot of chances.”

“Probably didn’t putt quite as well as earlier in the week but still made a lot of putts.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, -1 under 70 today, and Jason Day, Australia, also -1 under 70, share second place at -14 under par.

Jason had a grind of a day; (no pun intended)

“Bit of a grind out there today.”

“I thought with the pin locations, looking at them this morning, I felt there was an opportunity to shoot a low score, which there was.”

“To be honest, to only have one bogey, obviously I missed opportunities out there like a couple on the last two days. I missed those today and, unfortunately, shot one under.”

“With the way I was hitting it, I’m actually quite happy.”

“Leish is playing spectacular,  he’s going to be very difficult to beat tomorrow. I got to come out and play really good golf because he’s not making any mistakes.”

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BMW Championship. Marc Leishman In Control.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia. is in control of the BMW Championship, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc had a -7 under par 64 second round to get to -16 under par for the BMW Championship tournament, just rolling in the putts;

“The game is feeling really good.”

“Obviously rolling the putts really well, but you have to give yourself the opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are Jason Day, Australia, -6 under 65  today and Rickie Fowler, USA, carding -7 under 64.

Jason said he was relaxed with his new caddie, so relaxed he Aced the par three 17th today;

“The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game.”

“I think my mindset is a lot different, I feel like I’m a lot more excited having my buddy on the bag.”

“Luke is doing a great job.”

Rory McIlroy hit the stops in his defence of his title, and will not progress any further in the FedExCup play-offs. Signing for a -2 under 69 today, which left him in 59th position on the listings, eight places worse than when he started this tournament;

“I’m here so I might as well give it my best.”

 “It’s a very long shot that I’m going to make it to next week.”

“I’ll try my best over these next couple of days and see what I can do.”

“Realistically there’s not much chance of getting into the Tour Championship.”

“But I still want to go out and play well. I don’t want to go out there and completely throw it in.”

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BMW Championship. Leishman Leads, with a 62.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, leads the BMW Championship shooting 62 in the opening round at Conway Farms.

Leishman leads after 62

Marc carded a first round -9 under par 62 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard by two shots.

A fault with the putter was picked up by his coach;

“I have a tendency to push the putter into the ground.”

“My coach picked it up and I started making putts again, so thanks, Denis.”

“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about his making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys.” 

Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark all recorded first rounds of 64 to share second place at -7 under par.

Jason mentioned his friend and new caddie;

“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag.”

“Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play.”

“I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are in the group at -5 under par after their opening efforts of -6 under 65.

Jordan stole some shots off the course today, and needed only 24 putts;

“I feel like I really stole a few shots out of this golf course.”

 “Which is rare, to feel like you scored better than you played.”

Being at #6 in standings has taken pressure off of Rickie;

“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for the top-30 TOUR Championship next week.”

“But it would be nice to make sure we’re in that top five.” 

Rory McIlroy falters in the  defence of his FedExCup title, with a first round +1 over 72, he needs to finish in the top four here to progress any further.

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BMW Championship. D.J. Cruises To Victory.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson cruises to victory in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Gold Club.

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D.J. shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the BMW Championship title with a -23 under par total. He poke about his stellar year;

“Finally getting my first major, that was a big deal and kind of kick-started my year.”

“I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to.”

 “I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

Paul Casey chased all the way, but had to settle for second place, the same as last week. Paul also carded -5 under par 67 in the final round, his total -20 under par was three shots off the lead, which was where he started the day;

“It’s just wonderful to be playing this sort of golf. I played this sort of golf years ago.”

 “I always felt that I could produce it again.”

“I ran into a buzz saw with Dustin Johnson the last two days, I did everything I could.”

Roberto Castro finished in third place, after surviving a bizarre incident when it looked like his ball had dropped into the lake, in reality in was on the bank, it was a frog that jumped into the lake.

Roberto also carded a last round -5 under par 67, for -17 under par total;

“I felt like I got off to a good start today and I kind of kept the pedal down all day.”

World #1 Jason Day  withdrew from the final round with a back injury, just precautionary measures, to make sure he would progress towards the prize of the FedExCup.

BMW Championship. D.J. Has Three Shot Advantage.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson has a three shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

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Dustin had a third round -4 under par 68 today, with a birdie at the last, to post -18 under par for the BMW Championship, which takes him three shots clear of the field.

There is no doubt about where the transformation is coming from, his putter;

“The strength this week has been putting,.

“I’m rolling it really nicely. Even the putts that I’m missing still look like they’re going in.”

“I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday, I’m like, `AJ, don’t you have the same one in black?’ And he says, `Yeah.’ And I said, `Go get it.’

“I just didn’t want to use the same putter Jason was, like, the exact same one. That was really the only reason I changed.”

Paul Casey is in second place, those three shots back at -15 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today, he said he had a front row seat watching J.D.;

“We had a front row seat for something very special, and I’ll get a front row seat for it tomorrow.”

“Not much you can do, he’s got maybe the best attitude in golf. When he gets on his game, maybe the best ball-striker in golf. Maybe the longest. And he showed it today.”

“So, if he keeps doing what he’s been doing; what he averaging, 6 under a day?  if does the same tomorrow, there’s no catching him.”

J.B. Holmes also shot -4 under 68 today, which took him up the leaderboard to third place at -14 under par.

Roberto Castro went backwards today, +2 over par 74 dropping him to -12 under for the competition, and fourth place. More worryingly for him he also drops back into the bubble for not qualifying for next week, where only the top 30 players on the FedExCup standings get to play. He is currently projected in 32 spot, so will need a very good round tomorrow to progress.

BMW Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Dustin Johnson broke the course record to join Roberto Castro, both with a commanding lead over the field.

Johnson races into the weekend

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Dustin carded a bogey free, record breaking -9 under par 63 to join Roberto, -7 under 65 today, at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. They will take a three shot advantage into the weekend.

Dustin used a new putter to great effect;

“I was just struggling to get the ball to come out on the line I was seeing.”

“No matter what I did, how much I practiced, training aids, whatever. It just wasn’t working. So just decided to switch it up.”

“I feel like I’m rolling it well. The irons could still need a little bit of work, I’m not hitting those quite as good as I would like to, but it’s getting there,”

Roberto is not too worried about the extra length of his nearest opponent;

“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins.”

 “A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses.”

“It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”

“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off.”

“If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”

Paul Casey shot -6 under 66, to be those three shots back at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, even par today, Jordan Spieth also even par 72 and World number one Jason Day, -5 under 67, are all in the big tie for 19th place at -4 under par for the tournament.