On a day when he would have struggled to find the ocean from the beach, Jason Day nonethless found a way to shoot 1-under 69 and hold on to his lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He'll enter the final round at Firestone C.C. tied for the lead with Scott Piercy at 5 under par. Here's where things stand heading into the final round of the season's final World Golf Championship:
Leaderboard: Day (-5), Piercy (-5), David Lingmerth (-4), Brian Stuard (-3), Dustin Johnson (-2), Charl Schwartzel (-2), William McGirt (-2)
What it means: The No. 1 player in the world is in pursuit of his fourth win this season, his third career WGC title and his ninth victory in his last 20 PGA Tour starts dating back to the Canadian Open last July. Day hit just 3 of 14 fairways in Round 3 and relied on his short game and putter to keep himself afloat on a day when lesser players wouldn’t have shot anywhere close to 1 under. Tied at the top, Piercy is a three-time Tour champ who finished runner-up at Oakmont just two weeks ago. One back, Lingmerth is looking to win for the second time in the state of Ohio after his breakthrough at the Memorial last year.
Round of the day: Dustin Johnson made five birdies in his first 12 holes and dropped his only shot after failing to get up and down from left of the green at 14 for a 4-under 66 that vaulted him 17 spots into a tie for fifth at 2 under.
Best of the rest: Piercy opened with an eagle at No. 2, added birdies at 11 and 17 and was bogey-free until he reached the home hole. After missing the fairway left at 18, he found the back left bunker, failed to get his ball on the green, and then got up and down for a bogey-5 and a round of 67. Stuard, Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen (+4) also posted 3 under.
Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth looked as if he was about to insert himself into the mix when he birdied the 14th hole to move to 3 under. Unfortunately, a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 16th sank his momentum after he found the water and then again failed to find the green from 86 yards. The world No. 2 finished birdie-bogey to shoot 1-over 71 and enter the final round even par.
Shot of the day: Even par through 14 holes after a series of testy par putts, Day got a much-needed spark when this downhill birdie putt from 35 feet found the bottom of the cup at the par-3 15th.
Quote of the day: "I kind of felt like Mr. Havercamp out of Caddyshack, not knowing where my golf ball was." - Day
Storyline to watch Sunday: Day will dominate the attention at the top of the board, but the newly minted major champ Johnson sits just three back.