March 13, 2009

Day Still Sharing Lead With 18 To Go

Jason Day had a piece the lead after each of the first two rounds. The third round was no different with Michael Bradley becoming the co-leader

If Day can hold on, he will get his first PGA Tour victory.

If Day can hold on, he will get his first PGA Tour victory.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Michael Bradley shot a 68 on Saturday to take a share of the lead at the Puerto Rico Open with Australian Jason Day heading into the final round.

Bradley, whose last top-10 finish came at the 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, 64 tournaments ago, said he will have to control his emotions to deliver another strong performance on the 7,526-yard tropical course, which was again buffeted by gusty winds.

"It's been a while since I've been in this position, especially on a Sunday. So (there are) a lot of emotions that I have to handle, plus the conditions of the golf course, and the wind and whatnot," Bradley said.

Day shot a 70 and was at 12-under 204 through three rounds to be atop the leaderboard in a two-way tie for the third day.

The 21-year-old Day, a rookie on the U.S. PGA Tour last year, played solidly for the third day except for dunking his wayward tee shot into the water on the par-4 17th. But he managed to par the hole after downing a 10-foot putt.

"I've just got to make sure tomorrow that I do the exact same as I've done the last three days. I don't want to try and be too aggressive out there," Day said. "I just want to play my game and take it one shot at a time, but I've certainly played well to be in the position I am today."

Bradley praised the young Australian player.

"He's a hell of a good player; and if I can't win, I would love to see him win this golf tournament," Bradley said.

Eight players were tied for third, four strokes back, including Jay Williamson who shot a 67.

Matt Jones, who on Friday shot a 30 on his back nine to tie a course record and give him a share of the lead with Day, had a dismal Saturday. He shot eight bogeys and two double bogeys to drop to a 37th place tie.