Monday, May 21, 2018

Day takes lead at PGA's World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Jason Day shot 5-under 66 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Day had a three-round total of 9-under 204 in his first tournament since finding out eight relatives, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Nov. 9.

The wind picked up Saturday, taking away any advantage some morning rain did to slow down the slick greens.

"You just have to have some patience," Day said. "I like playing difficult golf courses, that's what I do better at."

Second-round leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark shot 71 and was in second place. American Matt Kuchar had 68 and was in third, three behind.

"I felt like I was in control, as sharp as I would have liked to be," Kuchar said. "I did miss out on a couple of good opportunities, but I also made a handful and got up and down from some pretty ugly places."

Stuart Manley followed a hole-in-one on the third with 11 on the fourth. But he recovered with eagle and birdie on the back nine to finish with 72, tying him for eighth at 2-under 211.

LPGA: Natalie Gulbis, who hasn't won a tournament in six years and spent the first half of this season battling malaria, rallied from seven shots behind at the start of the third round to tie for the lead at the $700,000 LPGA Titleholders in Naples.

Gulbis had eight birdies and shot 7-under 65 to share the lead with Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum at 11-under 205 overall.

"To walk away with the trophy … it wouldn't matter what amount the first place was," Gulbis said. "To win another individual title would be huge for me."

Stacy Lewis virtually wrapped up the Vare Trophy with a tournament-record 63 and is two shots behind. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (69) is at 2-under 214 and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (73) at 4-over 220.