Jason Day misses angel eagle on the 16th day today. Image: Getty
Jason Day is in the position to break a European stronghold in the players' championship after the third round at Sawgrass in Florida today.
Day is in the peloton at 12-substandard after a 68 today to go with rounds of 70 and 66 on Thursday and Friday.
He only has Jon Rahm from Spain (15-under) and Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood (14-under) in front of him and although he has to drop tomorrow, the Australian plays beautifully after a back injury that forced him out of the tournament. in Bay Hill last week.
The top five players are all internationals, with Australian Open champion Abraham Ancer from Mexico just behind Day. "I touch it nicely," said Day. "I have the feeling that I control the ball well and make a lot of good shots. Unfortunately I have to do a little better, but that is a good chance there. Because if I can maintain that level of play with my drivers and irons and back on the standard can come with my putting, then I have a very good chance of winning tomorrow. & # 39; & # 39;
Day said he was happy to be in battle again. "I think if I can hopefully be a champion tomorrow, that's a good little comeback, especially how I felt last week."
Rahm was dynamic in the third round with a 64, who saw the par-five and almost ran out at the famous par-three 17th hole. He takes his very first 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event to Sunday, although he has won three times before and is clearly one of the best players in the world
McIlroy continues to appear at a time when he was running in a series of tournaments, and the Northern Irishman had a three-meter long birdie-putt in the 18th hole to join Rahm in the lead, the left was missing. He shot 70 after starting consecutive bogeys.
Dag also started with a bogey on the short par-four first, but he had five birdies and then no bad mistakes, back in the mix with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes before he started to parry. He is the 2016 champion at Sawgrass and is playing some of his best golf this week, and with just a triple buffer, he has a great chance of winning tomorrow for the first time in nearly 12 months tomorrow.
Rahm will be joined in the last group by Fleetwood, another Ryder Cup hero from Europe who took part of the lead after the first two rounds.
Adam Scott in Australia also had a good week in Florida, right with a 12th on nine-under-par after a 68 today that was only marred by a waterball on the par-four 18th.