Day moves two ahead after dramatic third round

Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:44pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Australian Jason Day used a red-hot run around the turn and a solid finish to seize a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth after a pulsating third round of low scoring at the PGA Championship on Saturday.

In pursuit of his first major victory after several close calls over the past five years, Day carded 66 in receptive conditions at Whistling Straits to post a 15-under total of 201.

The world number five picked up six shots in six holes from the ninth, including a 13-foot eagle putt at the 11th, and later rebounded from a double-bogey at the 15th by draining a curling 24-footer at the 17th.

He could not break clear of Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth, who reignited his hopes of a rare third major victory this year by firing a bogey-free 65 on a hot and steamy afternoon highlighted by birdies galore.

"Today was a good day," said Day, who has recorded nine top-10 finishes in the majors, six of them in the top four.

"There was some mistakes here and there, but overall I hit a lot of good quality iron shots, hit a lot of great drives out there, drove the ball really well. I'm very pleased with how I'm putting.

"So, one more day left. I got to keep pushing forward, keep grinding, keep doing the best I can do out there and see how it goes tomorrow."

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Aug 15, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  Jason Day tees off on the 8th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits.  Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports