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Marc Leishman extends lead at BMW Championship

Marc Leishman watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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No one else was closer than seven shots of leader Marc Leishman after the third round of the BMW Championship.

Marc Leishman got up-and-down from a tough lie behind the 18th green for one last birdie that gave him a 3-under-par 68 Saturday, and extended his lead to five shots over Jason Day and Rickie Fowler going into the final round of the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill.

Leishman gets another chance to win a FedEx Cup playoff event and grab one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship next week. The top seeds have the clearest path to claim the $10 million bonus.

And this opportunity is much better than two weeks ago.

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Leishman shared the 54-hole lead at the TPC Boston with Justin Thomas, who surged past Leishman and held off Jordan Spieth. This time, no one could make a run at him on a warm day with a steady wind at Conway Farms.

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Fowler rolled in a 25-foot eagle putt from just short of the green on the opening hole, and made only one birdie the rest of the way. He missed putts from the 6-foot range on consecutive holes on the back nine, one of them for birdie, and couldn’t make birdie with an iron in his hand for his second shot on the par-5 18th.

Day pulled within two shots with a birdie at the turn, but played the back nine with eight pars and a bogey. He also had an iron for his second shot on the 18th, but it plugged into the side of the bunker.

Fowler and Day each shot 70.

Leishman was at 19-under 194 after the kind of round that limited the possibilities for the final day. No one else was closer than seven shots of the affable Australian. Justin Rose had a 66 and was at 12-under 201, while Jon Rahm had a 65 and was in a large group at 11-under 202, eight shots out of the lead.

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The excitement figured to come from the race to East Lake.

The top 30 in the FedEx Cup advance to next week’s Tour Championship, where all have a mathematical chance at the $10 million bonus and are assured spots in every major except the PGA Championship next year.

Phil Mickelson, finally finding his form late in the year, has a chance to make it to the Tour Championship. He had a 69 — his seventh straight round in the 60s — but failed to take advantage of the easiest par 4 at Conway Farms — the reachable 15th — and took bogey on both par 3s.

‘‘I'm playing well enough to get in contention and win again,’’ said Mickelson, whose last trophy came from the British Open in 2013. ‘‘And I want to get in that field because I think if I do, I think I'll have a really good shot at it.’’

Going into Sunday, Masters champion Sergio Garcia and a pair of PGA Tour rookies, Mackenzie Hughes and Patrick Cantlay, were projected to get into the top 30.

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LPGA — Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot 3-under 68 to lead the Evian Championship second round, and could join her younger sister Ariya in golf’s record book.

Seeking to be the first sisters to win a major title, Moriya’s 9-under total left her one shot ahead of Ayako Uehara of Japan, who had seven birdies in her round of 66 in Evian-les-bains, France.

The leading group on Sunday is completed by Katherine Kirk of Australia, who carded a 69 to trail Moriya by two strokes. All three playing partners will seek their first major.

Victory for Moriya — who has a career-best finish of 10th at a major — would make the Jutanugarns the first sisters to win a major since the US LPGA Tour was founded 67 years ago.

Ariya, who was top-ranked this season, won the 2016 Women’s British Open.

‘‘I probably don’t feel that bad playing on the golf course rather than watching my sister play,’’ said Moriya, who recalled feeling ‘‘nervous, excited’’ last year when finishing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, England.

Two pairs of brothers have won major titles, though not for more than 50 years.

Lionel and Jay Hebert of the United States each won a US PGA Championship, in 1957 and 1960, respectively. The Park brothers of Scotland, Mungo and Willie, won back-to-back British Opens in 1874 and ‘75. That was Willie Park’s fourth Open title.

European — Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand birdied his last hole to card 5-under-par 66 and take the lead after the third round of the KLM Open in Spijk, Netherlands.

Kiradech birdied four of his first eight holes and went around in regulation pars until his final-hole birdie. His 14-under total gave him a one-shot lead over Romain Wattel of France, who posted a 7-under 64 to move to 13 under.

Wattel had to play nine holes of his rain-delayed second round in the morning before shooting seven birdies in a blemish-free third round at The Dutch.

French rookie Joel Stalter was third after a 2-under 69 took him to 12 under.

Lee Westwood birdied his final hole to finish the day two shots off the lead at 11 under, tied with Sebastian Heisele of Germany and Joakim Lagergren.

‘‘I hit a lot of good putts that didn’t go in,’’ Westwood said. ‘‘Hopefully they'll go in tomorrow.’’

Earlier, defending champion Joost Luiten missed the cut by a single stroke when he missed a birdie putt on the 18th at the end of his rain-delayed second round.

Champions — David McKenzie birdied the final six even-numbered holes for a 7-under 64 and a share of the lead with Jerry Smith in the PGA Tour Champions' Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia.

McKenzie, the 50-year-old Australian who Tuesday qualified to get in the field, began the unique run on the par-4 eighth and added birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 to match Smith at 12-under 130 on Bear Mountain's Mountain Course.

Web.com — Tyler Duncan shot a 3-under 68 to increase his lead to two strokes in the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho, the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards.

Duncan had four back-nine birdies at Hillcrest Country Club after playing the front nine in 1 over with two bogeys. He had a 15-under 198 total.