Leishman three clear after 64 as McIlroy treads water

Leishman three clear after 64 as McIlroy treads water

Day's round was highlighted by his hole in one at the par three 13th which followed yet another eagle at the par five 14th which came after he holed form just off the green.

Day admitted it had been a while since his last ace.

"It was a lucky hole-in-one, I guess".

"I don't know if I'll ever get back there", Day said.

Australian Leishman carded eight birdies and a bogey as he tore up the Conway Farms course in Chicago for a second successive day. "That's why earlier I said I'm going to donate that auto back to help another student because I am in a fortunate position and being able to not only impact one person but be able to impact another person's life, to be able to get them to go through college as well is huge".

Because of Day's ace at the 17th, the tournament sponsor will donate $US100,000 to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies.

4 p.m.: Big par putt for Jason Day at No. 10 to stay T-2 at 15 under. Even after the hole-in-one, I wasn't even amped.

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"The ultimate goal is to win this week", Day said. Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.

American Patrick Cantlay is solo fourth at 10-under after a 65, while Italy's Francesco Molinari sits in fifth place at nine-under following his 65. "Last time I was here I was five shots better when I finished so I have go to try and catch up to my number and if I can hopefully if I can get to that winning score last time then can win".

His 69 took him to 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th. Phil Mickelson is trying to work his way into the top 30, and while he sputtered with two birdies, two bogeys and too many pars, he drilled an approach to 5 feet on the par-5 14th for an eagle.

The popular Northern Ireland golfer, now world No 6, will be looking for his first victory in the prestigious European Tour event, having finished runner-up in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

The world number 22 has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in March.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman captured the FedEx Cup title last year - and its $10 million bonus jackpot - but is now projected to finish 60th unless he makes a big move over the final two round, estimating he needed "a couple of 65s" to make any impact.

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