DAY BLASTS INTO CON­TENTION

Goes two shots be­hind leader with 60-foot birdie putt and seven-un­der round

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IRV­ING

JA­SON Day made the most of a fran­tic mov­ing day at the AT&T Byron Nel­son on Satur­day by fir­ing a seven-un­der 63 in the third round to move within two shots of leader James Hahn at TPC Las Coli­nas in Texas.

World num­ber four Day be­gan nine shots off the pace but made a run of five birdies in a row from the sev­enth and crowned a bril­liant round with a 60-foot birdie putt at the par-three 17th to reach 10-un­der 200 for the tour­na­ment.

Hahn made three birdies on each nine in a bo­gey-free 64 to grab the 54-hole lead at 12 un­der par in his quest for a third PGA Tour vic­tory.

Billy Horschel, the 2014 FedExCup cham­pion, was alone in sec­ond place one shot back at 11un­der af­ter birdies at the last three, in­clud­ing a hole­out from the green­side bunker at 17 for his 66.

Sec­ond-round leader Ja­son Kokrak, who led by five strokes af­ter fir­ing a 62 on Fri­day, moved in the wrong di­rec­tion shoot­ing a two-over 72 marked by a triple­bo­gey six at the par-three fifth hole.

Kokrak was tied for third with Day on 10 un­der par at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort in Irv­ing, Texas.

Hahn said his first birdie of the day at the third hole, where he chipped in on the fly from off the green, put him in a great frame of mind.

“The chip in on three to­day kind of set­tled things down,” Hahn said af­ter the round.

Hahn could have shot even lower as he nar­rowly missed birdie putts on the last three holes.

Day said the key for him was lock­ing in on his rou­tines.

“Ev­ery­thing was kind of click­ing,” said the Aus­tralian, who won his first PGA Tour event here in 2010.

“The big­gest thing for me ... was the process. The pre-shot rou­tine was a lot smoother.

“The process of think­ing over the golf ball was a lot smoother as well.

“When things like that hap­pen you can kind of swing away at things and I was driv­ing the ball won­der­fully and I gave my­self the op­por­tu­nity to hole a lot of putts to­day.”

Masters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia also moved up the leader­board with a six-un­der 64 that put him at eight-un­der, four shots back. Reuters

AFP PIC

Ja­son Day plays his shot from the 13th dur­ing round three of the AT&T Byron Nel­son on Satur­day.

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