Marc Leishman has a short memory when it comes to golf, which only helped him at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill.
He forgot all about that 62 in the opening round.
He was nearly just as good Friday with a 7-under-par 64 to open a three-shot lead over Jason Day and Rickie Fowler going into the weekend at Conway Farms.
Day, who has gone 16 months since his last victory, chipped in from behind the 14th green for his second eagle of the week, and then added a third eagle with one swing. He made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole with a 7-iron that turned into a payoff for multiple parties.
It carried Day to a 65, putting him in the last group on the weekend with Leishman. BMW awarded $100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation, and then Day decided to give the car he won to the Evans Scholars, which will yield another full, four-year scholarship for another student.
Leishman was at 16-under 126, two short of the 36-hole record Day set at Conway Farms two years ago on his way to a wire-to-wire, six-shot victory.
LPGA — A new day, a fresh start to the final women’s major of the season, and it seemed like a new Sung Hyun Park showed up.
Seizing a second chance to play the first round at the Evian Championship, Park fired an 8-under 63 to grab the lead by two shots from Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
That meant a 14-shot turnaround in fortunes for the No. 3-ranked South Korean. She had been 6 over through just five holes in the rain and wind on Thursday morning before play was abandoned and all scores wiped from the record. A 54-hole event is to be completed Sunday.
Park, the US Women’s Open champion, regrouped and had seven birdies and an eagle.