Australian Day seizes PGA lead at Quail Hollow

Australian Day seizes PGA lead at Quail Hollow

Malnati leads at 7 under par, while Jason Day (69-67) and rookie Aaron Wise (68-68) are one shot back.

The former world No.1 made back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th - at which he nearly made a hole in one when his 230-yard tee shot hit the flag - on his way to a two-under par 69 at Quail Hollow and 12 under total.

Woods three-putted twice for bogey, including the par-3 sixth hole when he had a downhill birdie chance from about 18 feet. Day finished No. 1 in strokes gained around the green and No. 2 in strokes gained putting on the week.

"Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes, " Day said. He conjured four (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.924 strokes around-the-green but gaining 2.623 on approach.

Day was driving well as a 367-yard blast down the 15th - his longest drive of the year so far - set up his fifth birdie in seven holes, and he then survived "The Green Mile" intact with three closing pars.

"The biggest thing is you're playing mental games with yourself", Day told Kostis. You're going to fail.

Day said this shot wasn't that tough, even with his hands gripping down to the steel on a wedge. "I just kept on saying to myself, 'forget about those thoughts, keep pushing, keep pushing.' It was great to birdie 16 and 17".

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Then he stood on the par-3 17th, where Justin Thomas shut down the 2017 PGA, and he almost dunked an ace.

"He asked if he could be the world No. 1, I said absolutely", said Swatton, who would become Day's coach, caddie and confidant.

He got up and down from the right-hand rough on the last for par to finish at 12 under for the week. He also won the Farmers Insurance Open this year after a winless 2017. The field features six of the top 10 in the world ranking, although Thomas is the only player from the top 5 at Quail Hollow.

Rory McIlroy (T16): After making the cut at T48 and shooting a 66 in Round 3, McIlroy stalled with a 71 on Sunday. Back at Wells Fargo for the first time since 2012, the 14-time major victor posted a three-under 68.

His third consecutive round in the 60s left him at 10-under and two shots better than Nick Watney, who is 8 under heading into Sunday's final round.

And as well as those star players performed, they couldn't match Peter Uihlein, who shot 62 after a six-hole stretch that included five birdies and an eagle. The event was reduced from 72 holes to 36 after Thursday's round was canceled and Friday's play was delayed by 8½ hours because of rain.

Tiger Woods played a forgettable first two rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship, but he came alive on moving day after finishing just inside the cut line Friday. Langer had to rally from as many as four shots behind in the final round at the TPC Woodlands.

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