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Golf: Leader Day gets feet wet at Wells Fargo

(Reuters) – Jason Day had to get his toes rainy on the ultimate hollow to salvage a four-under-par 67 and take a two-stroke lead after the 3rd spherical of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina on Saturday.

The Australian took off his sneakers and socks and stood in a small creek to play a shot to the golf green on the 18th prior to coming thru with a par putt to face at 10-under 203, two strokes forward of Nick Watney (66).

Tiger Woods, who has struggled together with his hanging this week, used to be 9 strokes off the lead after a 68 whilst Rory McIlroy rebounded from his 76 on Friday through going 10 strokes decrease to take a seat seven off the lead.

Day struggled to get going however 4 birdies in six holes at the again 9 noticed him break away of the pack.

“It used to be somewhat of a fight thru 8 holes,” the previous international primary instructed CBS tv.

“Then a pleasing shot into the 9th hollow for a tap-in birdie and a just right power down 10 more or less in reality began getting issues in the best route.”

Rookie Aaron Smart had tracked Day for lots of the afternoon however bogeys on two of his closing 3 holes dropped him right into a tie for 3rd with Peter Uihlein, who narrowly neglected the route file with a nine-under 62, Bryson DeChambeau (66) and Englishman Paul Casey (69).

Phil Mickelson additionally took good thing about the softer vegetables to shoot a seven-under 64 and transfer into 10th at five-under 208.

Woods picked up six birdies to achieve one-under 212 however completed the spherical on a bitter word with a three-putt bogey on 18.

The previous international primary had moved to 4 beneath with 3 consecutive birdies from the 13th.

“I used to be so as regards to capturing about seven, eight-under lately,” he instructed journalists. “I nonetheless didn’t have sufficient tempo on a pair that I left at the lip.

“I’m shut, I’m hitting the ball neatly sufficient to contend, to win this golfing match, however I simply haven’t made putts.”

Uihlein had 5 consecutive birdies from the 5th, an eagle at 10 and added two extra birdies on the 14th and 15th as he neglected McIlroy’s 2015 Quail Hole file through one shot.

“The best way the golfing route used to be arrange lately it felt like it’s essential get after it somewhat,” he stated. “It performed slightly more straightforward than it did the primary two days.”

McIlroy, at three-under 210, had 4 birdies in a row prior to additionally bogeying the closing.

“I’m simply no longer that pleased with the rest presently,” McIlroy instructed Golfing Channel. “I’m attempting in reality exhausting to hit it within the fairway after which attempting in reality exhausting to get my irons on line. It’s all just a bit little bit of a fight.”

Reporting through Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Modifying through Peter Rutherford

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