Day takes a baby step with a big round at BMW Championship

Rory Mc Ilroy struggled in the first round of the BMW Open

Compatriot Day surged up the leaderboard with four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn, with his penultimate-hole ace one of two eagles over the back nine. If the hole-in-one was lucky, the eagle was inch-perfect execution.

"Just like yesterday I gave myself heaps of opportunities and took advantage of them so happy to back up a 62 with a 64".

To mark his ace BMW awarded United States dollars 100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation and then Day made a decision to give the auto he won to the Evans Scholars, which will yield another full, four-year scholarship for another student. Jamie Lovemark and Charley Hoffman also opened at 64.

"Confidence is high and hopefully I can just ride the wave", Leishman told reporters.

Lahiri was done in by a disappointing finish over last three holes, where he bogeyed three times including two on the last holes in the second round.

After his only bogey of the day at the par-three 17th, Leishman birdied the par-five 18th at Conway Farms to complete 36 holes at 16-under par 126.




It hasn't been easy for everyone, particularly defending champion Dustin Johnson. He finished bogey-bogey by taking two chips to get on the 17th green and hitting into the water on the 18th. His goal is to get into the top five going into the final event at the Tour Championship.

Patrick Cantlay extended his remarkable run this season with a 65, leaving him alone in fourth place but six shots behind.

His 69 took him to 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th.

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.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman captured the FedEx Cup title last year - and its $10 million bonus jackpot - but is now projected to finish 60th unless he makes a big move over the final two round, estimating he needed "a couple of 65s" to make any impact.

The world number 22 has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in March. It's an ebb and flow for players at the top level, all of whom vacillate throughout the year while trying to find the sparse middle ground that yields both ample focus and a sufficiently loose approach.

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