Jason Day back on top in South Carolina after Masters malaise


Former world number one Luke Donald, stalking his first tournament victory since late 2013, ground out a two-under 69 in tough conditions to take a one-shot lead after the RBC Heritage third round in SC yesterday.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) – Wes Short Jr. shot a 5-under 67 in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic to take a lead into the final round for the first time in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

The last two times Day was in this position through 36-holes he went on to claim victory in the 2015 BMW Championship and the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Australian opened on the 10th tee and birdied the hard, wind-swept lighthouse hole at No. 18.

Kokrak moved up nine spots to a share of second on the back of a 68 that included four birdies, while Hoffman was made to pay for consecutive bogeys at the 17th and 18th that could have seen him take the third-round lead.

Day acknowledged fighting through fatigue after a grueling Masters last week, where he finished 10th.

Hoffman has also endured Heritage disappointment.

A disappointed Day reflected: “I knew something was up when my ball hit a tree [at the third] and bounced 80 yards right into the hazard”.

The Englishman has struggled this season, managing only one top-25 finish and missing out on the Masters after dropping to 92nd in the rankings. “I really enjoy being on the fairway – it might be the only fairway I’m on today”, Graham said, joking about his hit-or-miss golf game.

She parred the final five holes to finish at 10-under 134, two strokes ahead of Katie Burnett of the United States.

Burnett began the round two shots out of the lead before moving up the leaderboard with birdies on the fifth, 11th, 14th and 15th holes.

Seven players are within three shots of the lead, but that doesn’t include current world number one Jason Day. That’s when he channeled the mindset he’s had since last summer when he won the PGA Championship. And then from there I just got a couple of bad breaks, and then kind of the head wasn’t quite there after that. “I would obviously love to win this tournament – I’ve come very close before – and it’s nice to get off to a solid start”.

“I’m a little exhausted physically and mentally”.

U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun and Moriya Jutanugarn were 10 under.

Short had a 7-under 137 total at TPC Sugarloaf for a one-shot advantage over Colin Montgomerie, Todd Hamilton and Mark O’Meara.

Sagstrom finished at 9-under 279 after opening with rounds of 69, 66 and 69.

The 66-year-old Watson is trying to become the oldest victor on the 50-and-over tour.

Larrazabal had a 3-under 139 total at Valderrama.


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