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World Cup of Golf: Jason Day leads after best-of-day 66 in Melbourne

Last Updated: 23/11/13 1:58pm

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Jason Day: During Saturday's 66 in Melbourne

Jason Day: During Saturday's 66 in Melbourne

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Jason Day will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of golf's World Cup after posting a joint best-of-day five-under-par 66 at Royal Melbourne on Saturday.

The Queensland-born 25-year-old's excellent performance also enabled Australia to take over at the top of the team standings.

His third round included six birdies, as he moved one-stroke clear of Denmark's Thomas Bjorn who carded a level par 71 on day three.

Third round leaderboard

-9 J Day (Aus)
-8 T Bjorn (Den)
-6 M Kuchar (US)
-5 F Molinari (Ita)
-4 K Streelman (US)

In 54 holes over one of the world's most respected venues, Day has made just four bogeys.

Also within touching distance are Americans Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman, and Italy's Francesco Molinari.

Kuchar's third round 68 leaves him three strokes adrift while Molinari is a shot further back after a 66.

Streelman is one behind Molinari - and five off the pace - following a disappointing 74, not helped by dropping four shots in his opening four holes.

Streelman's mediocre score allowed Australia to assume first place in the team competition.

Day's team-mate Adam Scott made 68 on Saturday to help the hosts slip one stroke clear of the United States.

Japan are third - seven shots behind - while Denmark are nine off the pace.

A delighted Day said: "You just have to have some patience. I like playing difficult golf courses, that's what I do best."

As for the home challenge Ireland, represented by Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry, lead the way in a share of sixth spot, while England and Scotland are two strokes further behind.

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