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Day’s 66 positions him, Australia for World Cup of Golf title

Third Round –ISPA Handa World Cup of Golf – Royal Melbourne Golf Club – Melbourne, Australia –

Austalia’s Jason Day fired a 5-under-66 to take the overall individual lead at the  ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.

Day, teamed with Masters champion Adam Scott, led Australia ahead of the United States in the Team Competition. Australia is now 11-under overall and just a shot ahead of the U.S. team (Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman). Japan is alone in third place at 4-under.

At 9-under overall through 54 holes, Day rallied Saturday in the third round past Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who sits at 8-under. Kuchar is third at 6-under followed by Francesco Molinari (5-under), Streelman (4-under) and Graeme McDowell (3-under) on the individual side.

After opening 66-69, Streelman slipped back with a 74 Saturday at Royal Melbourne. Streelman and Kuchar are trying to retain the World Cup of Golf. Kuchar won the title two years ago teamed with Gary Woodland.

Day, a 9-to-1 betting selection at Ladbrokes.com to start the week, finished 12th on the PGA Tour Money List in 2013 making 21 of 21 cuts. He was 11th in Scoring Averaging and 14th in the All-Around category, but failed to convert a victory.

His last victory was the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship, but Day has been knocking on the door this year finishing third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, third at the Masters Tournament, T-2 at the U.S. Open and T-4 at the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

It will be a difficult for Day in the final round sleeping on the 54-hole lead and needing another low round in front of a home-country crowd.

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  • Scott made nine on the par-4 12th hole in the opening round or Australia would have a bigger cushion heading into the final round of the World Cup.
  • Former masters champion Charl Schwartzel (15-under) leads the European Tour’s South African Open by a shot after 54 holes. At No. 22 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Schwartzel is a big favorite (4-1 heading into the week) with only one of other player in the Top 100 in the field.
  • Butch Harmon was named Golf Digest magazine’s top teacher in its listing of the Top 50 Best Teachers 2013-2014 edition. It was the seventh time Harmon was bestowed the honor. Sean Foley, who is working with Tiger Woods among others, was second on the list. Grant Waite, who won the 1993 Kemper Open, made the list at T-50. He is working with Brian Gay, Mike Weir and Charles Howell III.