AFTER his opening round 61-63 heroics Jason Day had a more sedate third round at the BMW Championship but still managed to set a record 54 hole lead.
Day birdied the last for a 2-under 69 to close at 20-under and take a six shot lead into the final round, the largest ever third round lead at this event and the best on the US PGA Tour this year.
His opening two round 124 total was also a record and left his playing partners Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler shaking their heads in bemusement.
“I don’t know how else to explain the way I’ve been playing,” the 27 year old Aussie said after day two. “I feel very free and I feel like there’s no stress, but there’s obviously stress, but I’m enjoying it. It’s good pressure, and I’m loving it. It’s a good position to be in.”
Hi third round was a little more shaky, with six birdies opposed by four bogies and the fairways hit and greens in regulation figures suffering.
But the final emphatic birdie putt should see the US PGA Championship hit day four at the Conway Farms Golf Club full of confidence. A win will see Day achieve his long stated dream of being world No.1.
Fellow Aussies Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones need to get a wriggle on to make the 30 man cut this week and make the Tour Championship at East Lake next week and the chance at the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
Bowditch was 2-under and projected at 27th in the standings and Jones 3-under and projected 36th.
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