Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship

Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship

He forgot all about that 62 in the opening round. "You still have to earn every birdie". His best so far is T13 in 2008 (Bellerive CC) and he's looking to get back to the TOUR Championship for a second time (2009).

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It was a different tale on the par 3 hole for fellow Australian Jason Day, who excited the crowd with a hole-in-one. He hit an eagle on that hole and made par on the next two before writing a 1 on his scorecard on No. 17.

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.

The generous Day then donated the BMW M760i he won for the ace to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies. Jason Day, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Lovemark were tied for second. "But those (ball-striking) statistics aren't great", Day said. "That's the thing I've been trying to do this whole season - at least win once, and try to build on that".

The 29-year-old came back from three bogeys to put in another spectacular performance with an eagle on the 14th, ending round two with a six-under 65.

It hasn't been easy for defending champion Dustin Johnson, who is facing putting problems. Cantlay returned after three years away to cope with a severe back injury and the death of his close friend and caddie, Chris Roth, who was hit by a auto as they were walking to dinner. The top points earner after next week's Tour Championship will receive a $10 million bonus awarded to the season-long FedExCup champion. He shot 69 and was at 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th. But with the birdies once again falling at Conway Farms, they still serve as a reminder of just how much talent he possesses - and how quickly the smile can return once the game starts trending in the right direction.

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.

After a week at home in Virginia, with the clubs never leaving the garage, he picked up where he left off.