Leishman added a third round of 68 today and, try as they may, Day and Fowler could not make any ground on the leader as he looks to go wire to wire in this second to last event of the 2017 PGA Tour and an event which could potentially set Leishman up for another big week in Atlanta next week.
If Leishman was to win tomorrow then he would head into Atlanta inside the all important top five on the FedEx Cup points table meaning that if he was to win the Tour Championship there he would earn the US$10 million bonus for winning the season long FedEx Cup race irrespective of what any other player does next week.
"It got pretty firm out there," Leishman told PGA Tour Radio when discussing the difficulty of the course on day three.
"Really happy to make a few birdies coming in and put a bit of space between me and the other guys but it was definitely harder and 68 was a good score out there.
"18 holes is still a lot of golf left so to have a lead is really nice as it showed last week at the Dell Technologies that it was locking up on the back nine so hopefully I can build an even bigger lead on the front nine tomorrow.
There were a lot of positives to take out of last week and certainly learnt a lot from the back nine and I have continued that form but you have to have it for four days and it is no good having it for three days."
Day appeared to be closing the gap on his fellow countryman when he made the turn in 2 under today and at that point he was within just two of Leishman but he was unable to make any further progress and, in fact, lost ground with a back nine of 1 over 37 to be five back.
Day is now in a projected 8th position on the FedEx Cup points table and therefore comfortably inside the top thirty who will head to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta next week. It could get even better tomorrow.
Cameron Smith kept his hopes alive of making it to next week’s Tour Championship with a round of 69 to be in a share of 12th position and now in 44th position on the FedEx Cup points table.
He likely needs to finish inside the top five tomorrow to have any chance of making it to Atlanta but a round of 67 could be enough to do just that.
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