Day moved into position for his first Australian Open title after shooting a two-under-par 69 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead. Jordan Spieth didn't move up the leaderboard much after a 70 but still feels he still has a chance to win his third title Down Under.
Day, making his first appearance back home since 2013, birdied the 18th for a 54-hole total of 10-under 203 after a tough, windy day that made low scoring difficult.
He's expecting more of the same on Sunday.
“It's going to be just as tough, or if not tougher,” Day said. “So a lot more patience and hopefully I can pull through with a win.”
Day has a strong recent record of converting 54-hole leads into victories on the PGA Tour. He's six for 13, but he's converted five of his past six, including the 2015 PGA Championship.
Second-round leader Lucas Herbert was in second place after a 71. Jonas Blixt of Sweden shot 66 to move into a third-place tie with Australian Matt Jones (68), three behind Day.
Herbert had a two-stroke lead over Day, but on the par-three, 172-meter 11th, he pulled his tee shot into thick native bushes. He and spectators searched but couldn't find his ball, so Herbert jogged back to the tee to hit his third shot, eventually making a double-bogey five to fall level with Day.
“I was actually really happy to make three with the second ball,” Herbert said. “I tried not to get too stressed about that and just make some more good swings coming in.”
Chawrasia maintains lead at Hong Kong Open
S.S.P. Chawrasia shot a one-under 69 in the third round for a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open.
The 39-year-old Indian is at 10-under 200 overall at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Last year's runner-up, Rafa Cabrera Bello, had six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-four 10th for a six-under 64. The Spaniard shares second with Australia's Wade Ormsby (65).
Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood (66) is two off the pace and tied for fourth with Sweden's Alexander Bjork (67) and Belgian Thomas Detry (66).