Date: July 03, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

‘Exhausted’ Day clings to lead at Firestone

An 'exhausted' Jason Day has clung to his lead in the Bridgestone Invitational through three rounds despite one of his worst ball-striking rounds at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Day only hit three fairways in his third round and for the second day in a row, had to call on his stellar short game to save him.

But the Australian still managed to card a third-round 69, one-under the card, with three birdies and two bogeys, highlighted by a bombed birdie at the par-three 15th hole.

He is five-under overall, sharing the lead with Scott Piercy of the United States, having gone into the third round with a one-shot lead.

'I felt like Mr Haverkamp out of Caddyshack there, not knowing where my golf ball was,' he told Golf Channel afterward. 'I just had to do something. I mean obviously the goal is to win the tournament. I'm just trying to keep myself in it. I hit some pretty average golf shots out there today but the short game saved me.'

Day produced a masterclass in scoring on a day when he kept losing the ball to the right, and he knows that if he can find the keys to his swing tomorrow, he has another great chance.

'If I can hit it anywhere decent tomorrow, give myself a few opportunities on the greens I feel like I've got a very good chance of winning,' he said. ''I'm hoping that I find something in my sleep tonight.'

Of the other Australians in the field for the $9.5 million World Golf Championship event, Adam Scott dropped to two-over, probably out of the mix, while Matt Jones continued his good week, reaching three-over.