Day leads as rain halts BMW Championship


The hottest player over the past few weeks picked up right where he left off following the bye week. Here's how things look at the weather-suspended BMW Championship, where Jason Day will have a shot at 59 when play resumes Friday morning:

Leaderboard: Jason Day (-10 through 17), Daniel Berger (-6), Jordan Spieth (-5 through 17), Justin Thomas (-5 through 13), Kevin Chappell (-5 through 16), Brendon Todd (-5), Matt Kuchar (-4)

What it means: With three wins since late July, Day began the week atop the FedEx Cup standings and built an early lead before rain halted the proceedings. When play resumes, Day will face a short pitch on the ninth hole, his last of the round, that would equal the 59 Jim Furyk shot at Conway Farms two years ago.

Round of the day: Day started quickly with birdies on four of his first six holes to make the turn in 4-under 32. He kicked off his second nine by holing a fairway bunker shot for eagle on No. 1, before adding birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. He tallied two more birdies coming home to build an early four-shot advantage and struck his final tee shot just before the horn blew.

Best of the rest: One of four rookies in the field this week, Berger grabbed a spot on the leaderboard with an opening 65. A playoff runner-up earlier this year at the Honda Classic, Berger played the back nine even par before blistering the front side, closing birdie-birdie-eagle on Nos. 7-9 to shoot an inward 29.

Biggest disappointment: Furyk added his name to PGA Tour lore here in 2013 with a 59 en route to a third-place finish, but the veteran withdrew Thursday after only six holes because of a wrist injury. This marks Furyk's second career withdrawal, his first since 1995, and puts his future in doubt with both the Tour Championship and Presidents Cup looming.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The first order of business is to complete the opening round, which will resume at 8:30 a.m. ET. Day will have a shot at 59 upon resumption of play, but even if he doesn't hole out, he will certainly carry the lead into the second round. It's been a familiar position for Day this summer, and he is clearly again in a groove on a course where he finished T-4 two years ago.

Shot of the day: Day didn't have all of the highlights in the day's marquee grouping. Jordan Spieth created the afternoon's biggest cheer when his 7-iron from 186 yards on No. 2 bounced on the front of the green and rolled in for an ace. It was Spieth's second hole-in-one in competition, and first since the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.

Quote of the day: "Jordan told me on 9 that it was a par-71 and I had a chance to shoot 59. I probably shouldn't have known that." - Day