How do you know when you’re living the sweet life as a golfer? When your worst round of a tournament still has you extending your lead.
Jason Day moved to 20-under through 54 holes with a 2-under 69 Saturday at the BMW Championship, extending his lead to six strokes with one round to go. Day is attempting to become the first player to win the BMW Championship and the Barclays in the same season.
He suffered his first three bogeys of the tournament, but offset them with Monday to score a 69 on the day. His lead is six strokes over Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger, but the more interesting names are just beyond that.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, a non-factor so far in the FedEx playoffs, fired a 4-under 67 to move to 13-under. He’s still seven strokes behind Day, but a strong finish here could keep him in possession of the No. 1 world ranking, which Day is pursuing.
And Rickie Fowler, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago, shot his second straight 66 to rise from 19th to a tie for fifth at 12-under, where he’s linked with Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na.
Jordan Spieth, who had been tied for fourth entering the day, fell out of contention instead, with a 1-over 72 to drop back to 10-under, 10 strokes off the lead.
Spieth had as many bogeys (four) on Saturday as he had in the first two rounds combined.