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Day, who said he s enjoying the
challenge of a tough Royal Mel-
bourne, shot a 5-under 66 yes-
terday to take a one-stroke lead
into the final round of the World
Day, who is playing in his first
tournament since finding out
eight of his relatives, including
his grandmother, died in the
Philippines typhoon November
9, had a three-round total of 9-
"You just have to have some
patience," Day said.
The wind picked up yesterday,
taking away any advantage some
early-morning rain did to slow
down the slick greens.
"I like playing difficult golf
courses, that s what I do better
at," Day added.
Second-round leader Thomas
Bjorn of Denmark shot 71 and
was in second place, while Amer-
ican Matt Kuchar had 68 and was
in third place, three behind.
"I felt like I was in control, as
sharp as I would have liked to
be," Kuchar said. "I did miss out
on a couple of good opportunities,
but I also made a handful and
got up and down from some pret-
ty ugly places."
Australia leads the World Cup
team standings at 11-under, one
ahead of the U.S team of Kuchar
and Kevin Streelman.
Italy s Francesco Molinari
moved up the leaderboard with
a 66 and was fourth, while Streel-
man had a 74 and is in fifth place,
five strokes out of the lead.
Molinari won the World Cup
with his brother Edoardo in 2009.
"It was obviously a very good
day," Molinari said of Saturday s
"I seemed to play better on the
front nine for some reason and
then it was a bit of a battle really
coming back in. I dropped a shot
on 16 and holed a few nice putts
Stuart Manley of Wales had an
incredible up-and-down day, fol-
lowing a hole-in-one on the third
with an 11 on the fourth. But he
slowly recovered with an eagle
and birdie on the back nine to
finish with a 72, and was tied for
"The highest high to the lowest
low," Manley said.
Adam Scott is also tied for
eighth after a 68. After an open-
ing 75 that included an 11 on one
hole, the Australian has slowly
moved up the leaderboard as he
attempts to win his third tour-
nament in a row.
But Scott said the Royal Mel-
bourne greens are wearing him
down. He won last week s Aus-
tralian Masters at Royal Mel-
bourne after winning the Aus-
tralian PGA the week before, and
will try to win the Australian
Open next week at Royal Sydney
to capture the so-called Triple
"I ve hit so many putts from
50 and 60 feet in the last two
weeks it s hard to make them all
the time," Scott said. "It s hard
to even just two-putt them
around here because you re fearful
of knocking it seven or eight feet
by all the time." (AP)
Day leads World Cup
after three rounds
Jason Day of
Australia hits an
approach shot to the
ninth green during
the third round of
the World Cup of
Golf at Royal
Course in Australia,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
JOHANNESBURG---Charl Schwartzel shot a 3-
under 69 yesterday to take a one-shot lead into
the final round of the South African Open, the
season-opening event on the European Tour.
Schwartzel moved to 15-under 201, with Morten
Orum Madsen (69) and Marco Crespi (70) tied for
second at Glendower Golf Club.
South Africa s Hennie Otto surged into fourth
with a 65, another stroke behind on 13 under.
Schwartzel has won just one European Tour title
since clinching the Masters in 2011 and has never
won his home open.
He mixed five birdies with two bogeys to put
himself in a good position to claim the first title
on the 2014 Race to Dubai.
I needed to do," the South African said. "You always
think some things could have been better."
Madsen also had five birdies and two drops to
sit one off the pace alongside Crespi.
Otto, the 2011 champion, fired the round of the
day to put himself in contention today despite a
triple bogey seven on the par-4 No 9. Otto respond-
ed to that slip with seven birdies in his last eight
holes to move into fourth.
Italy s Andrea Pavan and Spain s Alejandro
Canizares are tied for fifth on 11 under and Swe-
den s Magnus Carlsson is a shot back in a tie for
Two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen is still
just about in contention for a first tournament win
since March 2009 after his 70 yesterday. Goosen
is six shots back on Schwartzel after lifting himself
with five birdies on his second nine following three
dropped shots going out.
Former British Open champion David Duval of
the United States and European Ryder Cup captain
Paul McGinley of Ireland missed the cut. (AP)
Federation president Francesco
Ricci Bitti says critics of Viktor
Troicki s doping suspension
need to understand the Court of
Arbitration for Sport s decision
Troicki s ban for missing a
doping test in April was reduced
on appeal from 18 months to 12,
and CAS said his "fault was not
Troicki s fellow Serb and friend,
Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal
criticised the role played by the
doping officer, and the Serbia
Tennis Association called the
decision "a major injustice."
Ricci Bitti said at an Olympic
meeting yesterday the CAS deci-
sion doesn t mean Troicki was
free of fault, adding "You need
to read the decision. This is a
problem of words. CAS re-con-
firmed the violation and took into
consideration some mitigating
Troicki claimed he was advised
by the doping officer to write to
the ITF explaining he was ill and
could not give a blood sample.
MOSCOW---The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia s
Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games.
Video footage from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Com-
mittee showed local lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba
gear on Saturday, lighting what the committee said was
a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerging
himself in the world s biggest lake.
The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay,
which started on October 7, is the longest in Olympic his-
tory. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian
nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into
The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in
Sochi on February 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games
that run until Februar 23. (AP)
SAO PAULO --- Sebastian Vet-
tel was fastest on a wet Inter-
lagos track to take pole position
for the Brazilian Grand Prix
yesterday and be in prime posi-
tion for another record-setting
In Formula One s season-
ender today, Vettel can equal
Michael Schumacher s 2004
mark of 13 victories in a year
and match the record of nine
consecutive wins by Alberto
Ascari in 1952-53.
The Red Bull driver, who
wrapped up a fourth straight
F1 title long ago, was more than
half a second ahead of Nico
Rosberg of Mercedes in treach-
erous conditions in a rain-
delayed qualifying session.
Fernando Alonso of Ferrari
finished third. Vettel s Red Bull
teammate, Mark Webber, who
is leaving F1 after today s race,
will start fourth, and Lewis
Hamilton of Mercedes fifth.
It was Vettel s ninth pole of
the year and 45th all-time. The
impressive margin over the rest
of the field was telling of his
dominance this season.
"I was surprised by the mar-
gin. When I was told I was very
happy," he said.
"It s great in these conditions
to get it all right. We had very
little practice and still got the
car where we wanted it to be
in the end, so very happy."
Rosberg, who had led both
practice sessions on Friday, said
there was nothing he could have
done to catch his countryman.
Heavy rain in Sao Paulo
forced racing s governing body
FIA to delay the final round of
qualifying by 40 minutes after
conditions were deemed unsafe
because of all the water on the
It rained during all three
practice sessions, but never as
hard as it did in qualifying.
Nearly all of the drivers went
out immediately after the track
opened to try to set a time
before the weather deteriorat-
ed.Just before the end of the
second round of qualifying,
McLaren s Sergio Perez crashed
hard into a retaining wall after
losing the back end of his car
over a curb and spinning across
the track. The Mexican driver
was not injured.
McLaren drivers, with a last
chance for a podium finish, did-
n t make it past the second
round --- Jenson Button was
15th and Perez 14th.
Home-crowd favorite Felipe
Massa will start ninth in his
final race with Ferrari before
The Brazilian GP also marks
the last race before driver
changes at some of F1 s top
Vettel takes pole position for Brazilian GP
Olympic torch takes a dive
in world's deepest lake
Tennis chief calls for
understanding in Troicki case
into 1-shot lead in
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