Day, Australia take World Cup lead


Jason Day shot a 5-under-par 66 to take the individual lead and lift Australia into the team lead in the World Cup of Golf on a day when the adventures - and misadventures - of a little-known Welsh pro were the talk of Royal Melbourne. Here's how things shape up going into the final round in Melbourne, Australia.

Individual leaderboard: Jason Day (66-204), Thomas Bjorn (71-205), Matt Kuchar (68-207), Francesco Molinari (66-208), Kevin Streelman (74-209), Graeme McDowell (67-210), Hideto Tanihara (71-210), Adam Scott (68-211), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70-211), Stuart Manley (72-211), Ricardo Santos (73-211)

Team leaderboard: Australia 415, United States 416, Japan 422, Denmark 424, Canada 426

What it means: Day, still grieving the loss of eight relatives in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, is looking for his first win since the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship (he did win the unofficial 2012 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge with Davis Love III and Nick Watney). He holds a one-shot lead over Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, who nearly tied for the lead on the 18th hole when his bunker shot just missed going in. Day and fellow Aussie Adam Scott (68) hold a one-shot lead in the team competition over Americans Matt Kuchar (68) and Kevin Streelman (74).

Round of the day: Stuart Manley's 1-over 72 was six shots higher than the day's low round, but no one came close to Manley for an event-filled round. He birdied the first two holes, made a hole-in-one at the third, then followed with a septuple-bogey 11 at the par-4 fourth. He fought back, however, playing the rest of the way in 2 under, including an eagle-3 on a chip-in at the par-5 15th.

Shot of the day: Manley's 8-iron ace at the third hole.

Best of the rest: Day and Italy's Francesco Molinari shot 66, the day's low round. Both made six birdies and a bogey. 

Biggest disappointment:Streelman, who had opened 66-69 and been in or near the lead for two days, slumped to a 3-over 74. Four over after four holes, he was never able to right the ship. Fortunately his teammate Kuchar kept them competitive with his second consecutive 68.

Quote of the day: "I thought I had won the car, and the adrenalin was really pumping. The highest high to the lowest low." - Stuart Manley, upon learning he did not win a new Mercedes for his hole-in-one.