Jason Day has produced a stunning hole-in-one but it is fellow Australian Marc Leishman setting the pace after the second round of the BMW Championship golf.
Leishman, who started day two with a two-shot lead over Day, maintained his position atop the leaderboard with a seven-under-par 64 to climb to 16-under the card at Conway Farms in Chicago.
Leishman mixed eight birdies with a lone bogey to increase his cushion to three shots over countryman Day, who also was hot with a 65, and world No 10 Rickie Fowler (64).
Earlier, world No 9 Day aced the 189-yard par-3 17th at Conway Farms Club. The hole-in-one came moments after Day, who won the event by six shots in 2015, produced a chip-in eagle at the par-5 14th.
“My last hole-in-one was at Turning Stone (Resort Championship) in 2008, so I’ve had a bit of a dry spell,” Day said after his round.
Because of Day’s ace at the 17th, BMW will donate $US100,000 ($125,000) to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies. Day went a step further and donated the BMW M760i he won for his hole-in-one to the foundation.
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 four shots on the inward half.
American Patrick Cantlay is solo fourth at 10-under after a 65, while countryman Stewart Cink (66) shares fifth place with Francesco Molinari at nine-under following the Italian’s 65.
Rounding out the Australian contingent is Brisbane native Cameron Smith, who has picked up three shots with a 68 to move to eight-under and in a tie for seventh.
The BMW Championship is the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s $US67 million FedEx Cup series and will determine the all-important top-five seedings for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The top-five seeds are guaranteed to win the $US10m FedEx bonus prize should they claim the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.