November 23 2013
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.