Day holds advantage in Dallas
Australia’s Jason Day will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.
Australia’s Jason Day will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas tomorrow.
The 23-year-old Queenslander recovered from an opening-hole bogey to shoot a third-round, three-under-par 67 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Los Colinas near Dallas.
Day, with three top-25 finishes and two missed cuts from his last five starts on the US PGA Tour this season, is at 10 under par and leads Blake Adams of the United States by two shots after the American shot a level-par 70.
Another American, Jeff Overton lies in third place after 54 holes, having shot a 69 to get to nine under, with compatriot Tom Pernice Jr next on seven under, following a 66, alongside Australia’s Mark Hensby (64) and Kenny Perry (66).
India’s Arjun Atwal shot a third-round 64 to join an American quintet of Heath Slocum, DA Points, US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, Sean O’Hair and 16-year-old amateur Jordan Spieth at six under par.
US Junior Amateur champion Spieth, from Dallas, posted a 67, his third straight sub-par round of the week.
Australia’s Steve Elkington had been locked in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at 10 under par with Day and Adams after eight holes of the third round, only to bogey the ninth and then bogey four more holes on his inward nine for a 73 to slip to five under.
Also on five under was American Cameron Beckman, who had tied the course record on Friday with a nine-under 61 but could not continue the momentum into the third round, shooting a 75.
Germany’s Alex Cejka was the leading European player in the field at four under following a 68 while Indian Jeev Milkha Singh’s 68 left him at three under, US PGA champion YE Yang of Korea was at two under after a round of 69 and Open champion Stewart Cink dropped to one under with a 71.
England’s Greg Owen slipped to level par for the week with his 73 and defending champion Rory Sabbatini of South Africa was also having a tough time as his three-over par round dropped him to two under for the tournament.
Scotland’s Martin Laird struggled with a 74 and was three over heading into Sunday’s final round.
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