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Leishman backs up good start with a low score at BMW

Leishman backs up good start with a low score at BMW

Former world number one Day, seeking his first victory in more than a year, carded a six-under 65, benefiting from what he called a "lucky" hole-in-one at the par-three 17th - where his tee shot hit in front of the green, bounced and rolled in. "I mean, obviously, I think we were just talking about earlier that, you know, it's been I think 10 years since the last time I had a hole-in-one".

"It was a lucky hole-in-one, I guess".

Because of Day's ace at the 17th, BMW will donate $US100,000 to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies.

The BMW Championship brings back memories for Leishman, who was paired with golf icon and 14-time major victor Tiger Woods at the tournament in 2009 and it something he remembers fondly as he looks to add a third PGA Tour title to his name.

Fowler also chipped in for eagle on the reachable par-4 15th hole on his way to a 64.

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.

"I lost a little confidence in myself and my game, and the ability to go out and get the win", Day said.

"The ultimate goal is to win this week", Day said.

America's Patrick Cantlay is in fourth position at 10-under par after a 65, while Francesco Molinari (65) of Italy lies a shot further back at nine-under.

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.

He already has 18 birdies in 36 holes at Conway Farms, where the scoring average was a shade under 69 through two rounds. 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.

Jordan Spieth had a bogey-free 65, while Phil Mickelson shot 66. Second-placed Thomas also carded 70 to fall 11 strokes behind.

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.