Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship

BMW Championship – movers & shakers

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.

Day said it didn't matter that he has a sponsorship deal with Lexus and really didn't need another vehicle.

It was a feel-good moment in charity, and on the scorecard.

He showed up at Conway Farms at No. 28 in the FedEx Cup with no guarantee of even reaching the Tour Championship.

Thomas also carded a 70 that left him in a group on 137 while Johnson closed with back-to-back bogeys in a 72 that left him languishing on one-over 143.

BMW Championship – movers & shakers
Sing it people... 'To the left to the left... to the right to the right...' Jason goes commando at BMW

Former world number one Day sacked his caddy Colin Swanton earlier in the week, though Swanton remains on as his coach, and has seen an immediate upswing in performance with stand-in Luke Reardon on his bag. "So I try to take all the positives out of that, learn from the bad stuff I did and hopefully use that, not just this week but the rest of my career".

Leishman was at 16-under 126, two short of the 36-hole record that Day set at Conway Farms two years ago on his way to a wire-to-wire, six-shot victory. "I've had two eagles and a hole-in-one this week already, so everything's come in bunches".

Starting the day two back of Leishman, Day bounced back from a sloppy start featuring two bogeys with three birdies in his last four holes on the front side, before picking up an additional three shots on the inward half. "I played really well and that was probably one of the most memorable days I ever had on a golf course", Leishman said. "Pushed it a little bit but I was trying to hit a high shot, 7-iron about 182 yards and land it there". He leads Fowler by 2 shots at 17 under and Jason Day is four back at 13 under. "The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game".

While the change at caddie this week offers an easy explanation for his sudden resurgence, Day believes the root cause is an internal one. "I need to make the Tour Championship - that's my ultimate goal. I just knew regardless of what I did, I was going to play well".

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