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Day's magic continues in record start at BMW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A long day for Jason Day ended even better than it began, thanks to an eagle putt at the 18th hole in the BMW Championship.

When it disappeared into the cup for an 8-under 63, a PGA Tour record-tying 36-hole score of 18 under and a five-shot lead, Day pumped his fist as playing partners Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler broke into widening grins and then applause.

"I feel like I should be paying to come watch some of this," said Spieth, tied for fifth at 11 under. "It was special."

Day's closest pursuers were rookie Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd. Todd finished off Friday's round of 63 by holing out an 81-yard wedge shot at No. 18. Berger had a front-nine 30 in a 64.

Day returned to the course early Friday to finish his rain-delayed first round. With a chance to make history — he needed to hole a 44-yard wedge shot for eagle and a PGA Tour record-tying 59 — Day made par instead, narrowly missing a birdie putt and carding a 61.

"I came in this morning and obviously didn't shoot 59 and felt like everyone was disappointed in me," Day chuckled.

Day has won three times — including his first major, the PGA Championship — and is an aggregate 97 under in tournament play since a narrow miss at the British Open in late July.

After shooting 32 on the front nine to start the second round, the Aussie strung together four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back, then capped it off with an 43-foot putt for eagle at No. 18.

WEB.COM TOUR: At Davidson, N.C., Jason Allred of Ashland shot a 2-over 74 and dropped into a tie for 55th place after two rounds of the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.

Allred started on the back nine and was 4 over through his first eight holes. He got three of the strokes back with birdies before a bogey on his 17th hole.

He began the day tied for 18th.

Brett Stegmaier shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead. The 32-year-old former University of Florida player had a 13-under 131 total at River Run. He had his second straight bogey-free round after opening with a 63 for a two-stroke lead.

SOLHEIM CUP: At St. Leon-Rot, Germany, Carlota Ciganda ended a long first day in the Solheim Cup with the best shot — giving Europe another big boost in an already strong opening session.

The Spanish player holed out for eagle from 135 yards with a 9-iron on the par-4 17th hole to pull her and English partner Melissa Reid even with Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson in the fourball match. Play was suspended because of darkness after the shot, with Europe leading the event 4-2.

In the other suspended match at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club, German pair Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson were 1 up through 15 holes against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang.

England's Charley Hull won two matches, teaming with fellow English player Melissa Reid to beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2 and 1 in the morning foursomes, and joining France's Gwladys Nocera for a 3-and-2 victory over Alison Lee and Angela Stanford in fourball.

In the other afternoon match, Swedes Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist topped Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel 4 and 3. The teams split the morning matches. Creamer and Pressel beat Nordqvist and Norway's Suzann Pettersen 2 and 1, Kerr and Thompson topped France's Karine Icher and Spain's Azahara Munoz 3 and 2, and Gal and Scotland's Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas 3 and 2.