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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Leishman should build on an excellent start

Red-hot Aussie can see off threeball rivals

Marc Leishman fired an opening 62 on Thursday
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Marc Leishman made a blistering start to his quest to win the BMW Championship with an opening 62 and he has to potential to build on that in Friday's second round.

The Australian, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, can get the better of Paul Casey and US Open champion Brook Koepka (6.39pm BST) after firing ten birdies at Lake Forest.

Leishman, who finished sixth at The Open at Royal Birkdale, was third in last week's Dell Technologies Championship and has been unfortunate to find American hotshots Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth at the top of their game.

Having established a two-shot lead, he has a great chance of pressing on and is just preferred to Casey to win his threeball.

The Englishman has been in fine form himself having posted six successive top-15 finishes and the only second round where he has posted more than 71 in his last nine tournaments was a 77 at The Open - quite a different test from a US course.

However, Casey is seven shots behind Leishman and had an indifferent day on the greens yesterday, while the Aussie's putter was hot.

Koepka had an inconsistent day with five bogeys on his round and while he has started slowly in his last couple of tournaments and could improve, the other pair have better recent form.

M Leishman to win threeball
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Having established a two-shot lead, he has a great chance of pushing home
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