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                   === Day claims World Cup of Golf lead ===
 
 Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Day birdied three of his last
 six  holes on Saturday  to close out a 5-under 66 and claim a 1-stroke lead at
 the World Cup of Golf.
 
 Day,  who  is seeking his first  win since the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship,
 finished three rounds at Royal Melbourne Golf Club at 9-under-par 204.
 
 "The  green  speed wasn't as fast  as yesterday, especially through 16, 17 and
 18,"  Day said in a televised interview. "I liked how the course was set up. I
 think the guys did a good job doing that and very excited how I played today."
 
 Second-round  leader Thomas Bjorn managed just an even-par 71 during his third
 round to sit in second place at 8-under 205.
 
 Matt  Kuchar  (68) is in third  at 6-under, while Francesco Molinari (66) owns
 fourth at minus-5 and Kevin Streelman (74) is fifth at 4-under.
 
 Graeme  McDowell  (67) and Hideto  Tanihara (71)  share sixth place at 3-under
 210.
 
 Day's move to the top of the leaderboard caused Australia to jump ahead of the
 United  States  for the  lead in  the team  portion of  the competition with a
 combined  score of 11-under-par 415. The American team of Streelman and Kuchar
 sit a shot back at 10-under.
 
 Bjorn entered the day with a 1-stroke lead over Streelman and quickly added to
 his advantage with a birdie at the first, moving him to 9-under.
 
 Stuart  Manley  then joined  Streelman in  second as he  opened his round with
 back-to-back birdies at the first and second before recording a hole-in-one at
 the third.
 
 Manley,  however, followed  that fast start with  an 11 at the par-4 fourth to
 fall all the way to even-par and hand Day, who birdied the first and second to
 reach  minus-6, second  place. Streelman  had  bogeyed the  second and  fourth
 around a double-bogey 5 at the third to lose his share of second.
 
 Day  would  bogey the fifth to  drop to minus-5  and into a tie with Molinari,
 Kuchar, Tanihara and Ricardo Santos, handing Bjorn a 4-stroke lead.
 
 Bjorn  then dropped a shot at the seventh to cut his advantage to three before
 Day  pulled ahead  of  the pack  with  a birdie  at the  ninth  to claim  sole
 possession of second place.
 
 Day  later  moved within a stroke  of the lead with  a birdie at the 13th, and
 was  handed  a share  of first place  when Bjorn bogeyed  the par-3 14th after
 finding a greenside bunker with his tee shot.
 
 Day  briefly  pulled ahead with a  birdie at the  15th from about 15 feet, but
 Bjorn  answered with a  lengthy birdie putt of his own at the 16th to meet the
 Australian at 8-under.
 
 The  tie  was shortlived,  however, as  Day regained the  outright lead with a
 birdie at the 17th. He would 2-putt for par at the last to finish at 9-under.
 
 "I got off to a good start with two birdies, but during the middle of my round
 it  started to get  away a little bit," said Day. "I just stayed patient, just
 let it happen and coming home I holed a lot of good putts."
 
 Bjorn  followed  with the  final group of  the day and  found trouble when his
 second  shot came up  short of the green and landed in a bunker, but he nearly
 holed his next shot and tapped in for par to remain a shot off the pace.
 
 NOTES:  Day is  teamed with Adam Scott, who  shot 68 on Saturday and sits in a
 tie  for  eighth place  at 2-under-par  211 ... The  tournament consists of 60
 players  representing 34  different countries based on the Official World Golf
 Ranking.  The top two players from each country are teamed up and their scores
 are  combined  to account for  their team score ...  Kuchar won the team event
 with Gary Woodland the last time this tournament was contested in 2011 ... The
 last time the World Cup was won by the host country's team as in 1996 when the
 South  African team of  Ernie Els and Wayne Westner when the event was held in
 Cape  Town,  South Africa ...  A victory in the  team competition would be the
 fifth by Australia.
 
 
 11/23 02:28:36 ET

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