Jason Day takes over World Cup lead

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Jason Day shot 5-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.


Day had a three-round total of 9-under 204 playing in his first tournament since finding out eight relatives, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Nov. 9.

Second-round leader Thomas Bjorn, of Denmark, shot 71 and was in second place, while Matt Kuchar had 68 and was in third, three behind.

Stuart Manley, of Wales, had an incredible up-and-down day, after a hole-in-one on the third with an 11 on the fourth.

But he recovered with an eagle and birdie on the back nine to finish with 72 and tied for eighth.

In the team competition, the Australian team of Day and current Masters champ Adam Scott lead the way at 11-under.

They are one ahead of the United States team of Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

PEBBLE BEACH INVITATIONAL: In Pebble Beach, Calif., Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 at Spyglass Hill and rallied for a two-shot lead over Jason Kokrak after three rounds of the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Kisner, who had eight birides, is at 13-under 201.

Kokrak had 68 at Spyglass, and was alone at 203.

Second-round leader Scott Brown, of North Augusta, had 73 at Pebble Beach and is six shots off the lead.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Johannesburg, Charl Schwartzel shot 3-under-par 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open.

The 2011 Masters Tourna­ment champion moved to 15-under 201, with Morten Orum Madsen (69) and Marco Crespi (70) tied for second at Glendower Golf Club.

South Africa’s Hennie Otto surged into fourth with 65, another stroke behind.

LPGA TOUR: In Naples, Fla., Natalie Gulbis got off to a rocky start and put herself in position for a great finish.

Gulbis hooked a 5-iron into the water and made bogey on the par-5 opening hole, and then bounced back for 7-under-par 65. That gave Gulbis a share of the lead with Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum. They each had 67.

The leaders were at 11-under 205.

Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old from New Zealand, shot 72 and is nine shots behind in her pro debut.



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