Day takes control in Melbourne

Jason Day carded a third round 68 to claim the lead of the World Cup of Golf after Saturday’s third round at Royal Melbourne.

The Australian is grieving the loss of eighth relatives that were killed by Typhoon Haiyan, but played some sparkling golf on the day – rolling in six birdie putts to claim a one stroke lead over second round leader Thomas Bjorn, who carded a 71 on Saturday.

His round not only put him in contention for the title, but also lifted Australia into a one-stroke lead over the USA in the team competition.

“I’ve just go out there and stay patient,” the world number 18 said after his round.

Matt Kuchar, who leads the American contingent, is a further two strokes adrift in third place after carding a bogey-free 68.

“I know my game has been in the kind of shape that gives me a chance to win a lot,” Kuchar told reporters.

“Certainly it would mean a lot to be the World Cup individual champion. It would mean a lot to be the team champion.”

Kuchar’s sublime control made up for a difficult day by his compatriot Kevin Streelman, who dropped down to four-under after carding a 74. Streelman was one stroke behind Bjorn overnight, but drifted down the leaderboard after his three over par round.

Ulsterman Graham McDowell remains in contention for individual honours after his round of 68, which left him six shots behind the leader.

World number two Adam Scott carded his second 68 of the tournament after a first round 75 to finish the day at two-under in joint eighth place.