Leader Day faces PGA C’ship show­down with Spi­eth


Jason Day seized a twostroke lead af­ter three rounds of the PGA Cham­pi­onship, where he ll try to hold off Mas­ters and US Open win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth for a first ma­jor ti­tle.

Aus­tralia s Day sur­vived a late dou­ble-bo­gey to card a six­un­der par 66 at Whistling Straits, his 15-un­der par to­tal of 201 putting him two strokes in front of Spi­eth. The 22-year-old Texan birdied six of his last eight holes in a seven-un­der 65 for 203. But Spi­eth said he won t be think­ing about join­ing Ben Ho­gan and Tiger Woods as the only men to win three ma­jors in the same year when he tees off with Day.

"Just to try to get my name on the Wana­maker Tro­phy ... that s the only history I ll be think­ing of," said Spi­eth, who can also seize the num­ber one world rank­ing from Rory McIl­roy, who carded a four-un­der 68 for a six­un­der to­tal of 210. "It should be an ex­cit­ing round to­mor­row," said Day, who is look­ing for a ma­jor break­through af­ter fin­ish­ing with at least a share of sec­ond in three grand slam tour­na­ments -- with nine top 10 fin­ishes in six years on the game s big­gest stages. An un­usu­ally yield­ing Straits course made for a chaotic leader­board as player af­ter player surged up­ward.

When the dust set­tled, South African Branden Grace had the low­est round of the day, a bo­geyfree eight-un­der par 64 for a share of third on 204 along­side Eng­land s Justin Rose, who dropped into the tie with a bo­gey at 18 to cap a 68.

Ger­many s Martin Kaymer, try­ing to reprise his 2010 PGA Cham­pi­onship vic­tory at Whistling Straits, the par-72, 7,501 yard course hug­ging the shore of Lake Michigan, fired seven birdies in a seven-un­der 65 for 205. Matt Jones, the un­her­alded Aussie who took a twostroke lead into the third round, kept pace early. He sal­vaged a bo­gey af­ter hit­ting into a hos­pi­tal­ity suite at the ninth but dropped four shots in three holes go­ing bo­gey-bo­gey-dou­ble bo­gey at 15, 16 and 17 en route to a one-over 73 for 206.

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