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Jason Day surges at BMW Championship but still trails Marc Leishman

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Golf

LAKE FOREST, Ill. ––After Jason Day completed his Friday round at Conway Farms Golf Club, a friend shouted, "Jason, my car is on its last legs!"

"Better start walking!" Day shot back with a smile.

The affable Australian was awarded a BMW M760i sedan for what he described as a "lucky" hole-in-one, a 7-iron on the downhill, 186-yard 17th hole that landed in the rough and released perfectly to the cup.

"I kind of pushed it," he said.

Day won't be returning the Beemer. But he won't be keeping it either.

Day decided to donate the car to an Evans Scholar, a pay-it-forward gesture matching BMW's $100,000 donation to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Meaning one lucky and diligent caddie gets a college scholarship and another gets a sick ride.

"I'm in a fortunate position," Day said, "very blessed to be able to try to bless someone else."

Indeed, Day is #blessed and #humbled after a 2017 season in which he was a nonfactor in all four majors yet remains in position to cash a monster check at next week's Tour Championship.

At 13 under after two rounds of the BMW Championship, Day is tied for second with Rickie Fowler, three shots behind Marc Leishman, who followed his opening 9-under 62 with a 64.

If 62-64 (16 under) sounds like an unprecedented start, it isn't. Day opened 61-63 at Conway Farms in 2015 before finishing a victorious 22 under with a 69-69 finish.

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