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2017 BMW Champion Marc Leishman takes questions after Sundays final round at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

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If you had bet an Aussie to win the BMW Championship this week, the first name that might have popped into your mind would be Jason Day. Since Day had won at Conway Farms in 2015, in fact if you takes Days score at Conway Farms in 2013-2015 and 2017 according to NBC, Day is 50, yes 50 under par. That being said, Day did not win, fellow Aussie Marc Leishman did at 23 under par, smashing an under par tournament record set by Tiger Woods.

Justin Rose carded a 6 under par 65, to tie for second place with Rickie Fowler at 18 under par, only 5 shots behind Leishman. Day ended up in fourth place at 16 under par. Another shot back was Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm  at 15 under par. Jordan Spieth was T-7.

The amazing things was all the low rounds players put up on the board that did not help them win, only one player road it into the Tour Champion in Atlanta next week. Kevin Na and Brooks Koepka the U.S. Open champion at Erin Hills both shot 63. Koepka who said he was sick all week, and only on Sunday had a normal amount of energy to play was already in Atlanta, and with his 63 cemented a top 10 finish headed to Atlanta.

Tony Finau and Zach Johnson each had 64. Finau advances to Atlanta moving up from 39 to 24th place, and Johnson who finished 48th in the points heads home.

Leishman said that the biggest improvement in his game this year has been his driving, and he gave credit to his new Callaway Epic Driver as the main reason why. Leishman also gives the International team another weapon in the Presidents Cup that’s coming up in just a couple of weeks against Team USA.

One interesting thought came from runner up Justin Rose, who said he is looking forward to the BMW Championship returning in 2019 to Medinah. Rose was part of the victorious Team Europe Ryder Cup win over Team USA. A day Rose called one of the best in his life on a golf course.

But come 2021 or 2023, Rose was looking for a return to where he won the BMW Championship six years ago, Cog Hill. One never knows.

Next years BMW Championship moves to the Philadelphia area at the Aronimink Golf Club, and will be played Sept. 4-9.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.