Big victory Down Under for Day

McClatchy news servicesNovember 24, 2013 

MELBOURNE, Australia — After shooting a 5-under 66 in the third round Saturday to grab the lead, Australian Jason Day won his first tournmanet in nearly three years at the World Cup at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.

Day made a 7-foot, par-saving putt on the 16th hole, Thomas Bjorn bogeyed and Day’s 70 for the round left him with a 10-under 274, two strokes ahead of Bjorn, who also bogeyed the 18th, with a 71.

Day’s last tournament victory came at the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in 2010, although he’s had four top-five finishes in majors since 2011.

Adam Scott finished third after a final round of 66, three strokes behind.

Day won $1.2 million and Australia also captured the team portion of the World Cup. Day and Scott, who each holed approach shots for eagles Sunday, also shared the $600,000 first-place team prize.

American Matt Kuchar shot 71 to finish fourth in individual stroke-play, three behind Day.

GULBIS JOINS LPGA LEAD

Seven shots behind at the start of the third round, Natalie Gulbis bogeyed her first hole and followed with eight birdies that sent her to a 7-under 65 and a three-way share of the lead at the LPGA Titlemakers in Naples, Fla.

Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller each shot 67 to join Gulbis at 11-under 205 at the LPGA season final.

KISNER LEADS PEBBLE BEACH

Kevin Kisner shot a bogey-free 64 and had eight birdies at Spyglass Hill to rally for a three-round total 13-under 201 and a two-shot lead over Jason Kokrak at the Pebble Beach Invitational on Saturday in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Kokrak had a 68 at Spyglass, and was alone at 203. Skip Kendall, also at Spyglass, was third at 204.

CHIP SHOTS

Wes Short Jr. closed with a round of 68 to tie the Champions Tour Q-school record with a 20-under 264. He earned $30,000 and one of five Champions Tour cards for next season. ... Charl Schwartzel shot a 3-under 69 for a 15-under 201 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open in Johannesburg.

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