Puerto Rico Open: Third-round notebookMarch 14, 2009
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Jason Day, a 21-year-old Australian, and American Michael Bradley, 42, are tied at 12-under 204 after the third-round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. Day and Bradley have a four-stroke lead over eight players.
• Bradley and Day were paired together in the fifth round at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament in December. Both golfers finished tied for 53rd at the end of the six-round event.
• Making the 39th start of his PGA TOUR career, Day has never held a lead following the second or third round. Day's best career finish is sixth at the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
• Day is the youngest player to ever win a Nationwide Tour event, a feat he accomplished at the age of 19 years, 7 months and 26 days when he won the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic. If Day goes on to win his first PGA TOUR event this week, he would not rank in the top 10 of the youngest players to win a TOUR event, but he would rank amongst some of golf's top current players like Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim.
• The youngest winner in PGA TOUR history is Johnny McDermott, who won the 1911 U.S. Open at 19 years, 10 months. If Day were to win on Sunday, he would be 21 years, 4 months, 3 days.
• Bradley has led after the third round one other time in his career, which he turned into a win at the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open.
• The last time Bradley shot three consecutive rounds in the 60s was at the 1997 CVS Charity Classic, where he closed with a final-round 75 to finish tied for 31st. The last time Bradley shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s was at the 1996 St. Jude Classic, where he finished tied for seventh.
• Bradley's last top-10 finish came at the 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, a span of 64 tournaments. Prior to 2000, Bradley had 18 top-10 finishes in seven seasons including wins at the 1996 Buick Challenge and the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open. Of Bradley's 47 top-25 finishes, 41 came before the 2000 season.
• The crowds have grown larger every day this week. Thursday's gallery totaled 6,900 people, while Friday's gallery was measured at 15,400. Saturday's gallery came in 26,000 strong.
• So far this week, Trump International Golf Club is playing to a stroke average of 71.740. The average on Thursday was 71.636, and 71.462 on Friday. Saturday's stroke average was 72.390.