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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Day's hole-in-one overshadows fellow Aussie's blitz

Day's hole-in-one overshadows fellow Aussie's blitz

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.

'But you still have to give yourself the opportunity.

He did that and then some, his confidence boosted by his birdie at the par-four seventh, where he struck a low fizzing pitch that scuttled into the hole.

It's easy to overlook Leishman because the Australian has only two PGA Tour victories, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year. Although in some ways, Jason Day has been on top at Conway Farms for the last 24 months.

Day's 65 was remarkable given he hit just seven of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation, leading the former world No.1 to believe his best golf is yet to come with a hot putter.

"We were trying to land it 182 [yards] and I kind of pushed it".

It was a different tale on the par 3 hole for fellow Australian Jason Day, who excited the crowd with a hole-in-one.

One of those eagles was a chip-in from 30 feet from beyond the green at the par-five 14th.

The Australian held off the challenge of Justin Rose to seal a five-stroke victory
The Australian held off the challenge of Justin Rose to seal a five-stroke victory

"I've got a lot of good memories here, and the crowds are great. That's the main goal".

Fowler also finished strong, with three birdies and an eagle from the 13th through 17th of a 64 for 129.

Rory McIlroy, requiring a top-five finish to have any chance of progressing to the season-ending Tour Championship, sits tied-50th following a two-under 69. He's 3 under through 6 and now just six shots off the lead at 10 under.

Johnson won the first playoff event; Thomas, the second.

But Day need only look back to past year for a source of inspiration, as Rory McIlroy flipped a mediocre season on its head with a pair of postseason wins that netted the FedExCup title.

McIlroy, who went into the BMW ranked 51st in the FedEx Cup standings and needing to break into the top-30 to make it to East Lake, acknowledged: "I need to hurry up and do something over the weekend if I am to make it to Atlanta, I mean it is very scoreable out there, there's guys making a lot of birdies and I haven't been able to put it all together over the first two days".

"I lost a little confidence in myself and my game, and the ability to go out and get the win", Day said. "I think everything's coming in bunches right now".

Day actually has made three bogeys under ideal scoring conditions, but he has compensated with five birdies and an eagle in 14 holes.

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