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Leish on top in Boston

Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman plays his shot from the 17th tee during round three of the Dell Technologies Championship.

Australia’s Marc Leishman has surged into a tie for the lead at the PGA Tour playoffs series in Boston with a brilliant, third-round 65.

Leishman, who is having arguably his best year on tour, had six birdies and went bogey-free to join the PGA Championship winner, Justin Thomas, in the lead at 12-under par.

The Victorian is projected to reach No. 4 in the Fedex Cup standings if he maintains his position tomorrow.

In difficult weather conditions he hit the ball purely and made a cluster of long putts, including a 17-metre bomb on the 14th and another from 10 metres on the 13th hole.

Thomas raced into the outright lead with a 63 that included eight threes on his card, a tour playoff record.

But he was joined late in the day by Leishman, who hit the first 17 greens on end. The Aussie could have boasted 18 consecutive greens hit in regulation had his short iron shot to the par-five 18th not spun back off the putting surface and trickled into the fringe.

In any case, he chipped it up close and tapped in for par after his tee ball had been tugged into the trees left, ricocheting off a spectator’s wine glass.

"I drove the ball really well today. It's a lot easier game in conditions like this when you're on the fairway, and obviously the putter was pretty hot today,'' Leishman said.

"All the chances that you should make I did, and then rolled a couple of really long ones in too, which turns a good round into a great round.''

Leishman will play in the last group tomorrow.

"It's where you want to be," he said.

"When I came here Tuesday, that was the plan, try and give yourself a chance to win and now I've done that.

"But there's a lot of golf between now and them giving out the trophy tomorrow afternoon. Whoever wins is going to have to earn it and hopefully I give myself a chance tomorrow afternoon.''

Leishman, the world No.30, has had five top-10s in America this year including a win. The 33-year-old was also tied sixth in the Open Championship.

England's Paul Casey (11-under) is a shot from the lead while Jordan Spieth quietly rolled in birdies at the last two holes to reach 10-under and also in contention.

Jason Day (70 today) is tied 44th at TPC Boston, while Rod Pampling (75) has work to do to continue his season.


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