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Australia’s Jason Day carded a superb 66 on Saturday to move one shot clear at the top of the World Cup of Golf leaderboard.
The 26-year-old secured six birdies and dropped just one shot as he rose above the personal tragedy of losing several members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan to put on an inspired display at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The 26-year-old reached nine-under par and is one shot clear of Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who could only manage an even par 71 on Saturday, with Matt Kuchar of the USA sitting in third spot on -6 after a third-round 68.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari has moved into outright fourth place on -5 after an excellent 66, with American Kevin Streelman struggling to a three-over par 74 to slip back to -4 and fifth place in the standings.
Graeme McDowell has finally made his move, with a round of 67 elevating the Northern Irishman to three-under par, and the 2010 US Open champion shares sixth place with Japan’s Hideto Tanihara.
Australia also lead the team event on a combined total of -11, with Adam Scott sitting on two-under par with just 18 holes to go.
They are one clear of the Americans and, with Japan a distant third back on -4, it is now a straight shoot-out on Sunday between the hosts and the USA for team honours.
But the individual event remains the main draw and the Victoria crowds will be hoping that home favourite Day can keep it together during his final round to complete what will be a popular victory.