The week couldn't have gone better for Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott. Day had his family nearby to watch him win the individual title at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, and Adam Scott shared the team title with him after a final-round 66.
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By PGATOUR.COM news services
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Jason Day made a 7-foot par-saving putt on the 16th hole while Thomas Bjorn bogeyed as the Australian won his first tournament in nearly three years at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.
Day's closing 70 left him with a 10-under total of 274, two-strokes ahead of Bjorn (71).
"I'm just glad I held on," Day said.
Adam Scott finished third after a 66, three strokes behind. Scott, trying to win his third tournament in a row, shot 75 on the opening day, including a 9 on the 12th hole, and spent the rest of the tournament trying to catch up.
Day won $1.2 million and Australia won the team portion of the World Cup as Day and Scott, who each holed approach shots for eagles Sunday, also shared the $600,000 first-place prize.
"That was my fault that we were behind for the first round," Scott said. "...But I got my act together."
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Jason Day gave the Australian fans plenty to cheer about on Saturday.
Day surged to the top of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf with a 6-under 66 in the third round at Royal Melbourne, giving the Aussies the team lead in the process.
Day passed 36-hole leader Thomas Bjorn (71) on the back nine, with birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17. He also saved par on the 18th -- this after lagging a 50-footer to 5 feet and making it to post 9 under.
“I got off to a good start and I stayed patient and just let it happen,” Day said. “On the way home I made a load of putts. I’m very excited with how I played today.
“On this sort of course you have to be patient; you can’t get to the point where the course is beating you up.”
Matt Kuchar of the United States carded a 68 and is within three shots of the lead at 6 under. Italy's Francesco Molinari tied Day's 66 for the best round of the day and was fourth at 5 under.
Behind Day and Adam Scott (68), Australia jumped in front in the team standings at 11 under, taking a one-shot leader over the U.S.