'Lucky' ace vaults Day into share of clubhouse lead

Day, meanwhile enjoyed a decent front nine with birdies at the seventh and ninth to pull within two shots of his countryman, but lost the momentum coming home as he shot 70 fo finish tied with Fowler on 14 under par.

Now there are advantages to having some degree of anonymity, he says.

Day couldn't match Friday's exploits, which included a hole-in-one and another eagle.

Fowler also finished with a rush, picking up five strokes in the final six holes for a 64 and joining Day at 13-under 129, while first round leader Marc Leishman was still on the course.

"Putting four good rounds together (is the biggest challenge)" Leishman said.

After opening with 62 and 64, a steady if not spectacular round of 68 seemed nearly pedestrian for Leishman.

World number nine Day aced the 189-yard par-three 17th at Conway Farms in Chicago en route to a 6-under-par 65.

"I need to contend more, need to win more trophies".

Conditions were a bit tougher Saturday with a decent breeze and harder greens and pins.

Victorian native Leishman is searching for his second win this year after claiming the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and a first wire-to-wire victory on the PGA Tour.

Playing in the penultimate group with Rose, 2015 BMW Championship victor Day got to within four shots of Leishman before finding the water at the par-3 11th en route to a crippling double-bogey.

Leishman is taking nothing for granted, after surrendering a two-shot lead two weeks ago and fading to third at the Dell Technologies Championship. Although it was a shocking move, Day seemed to suggest that he was blaming Swatton for his poor play, even though he knew otherwise. "I got to come out and play really good golf because he's not making any mistakes". "With the way I was hitting it, I'm actually quite happy". If Day or Fowler intend on catching Leishman, it likely will require a super-low round. The last thing a golfer needs is for his caddie to be running afoul of protocol, just one more distraction.

Marc Leishman is relaxed as he joins Nick at the Sky Cart to reflect on his third-round 68 which earned him a five-shot lead at the BMW Championship. "I want to be out there trying to make birdies".

  • Wendy Palmer