By Thomas Dodd
- Jason Day and American Scott Piercy (-5) lead ahead of final round.
- Eleven players within five shots including last two US Open champions Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth
- Paul Casey best placed Brit in a tie for 26th
OHIO, USA – World number one Jason Day holds a share of the lead going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
The Australian fired a one-under par 69 to reach five-under overall, and was joined at the top by American Scott Piercy, who went round in 67.
Both players are the only remaining competitors to have all three rounds under par for the week after three days – a brilliant achievement considering the strength of the winds in Akron throughout the tournament.
Day will tee off tomorrow aiming to secure his fourth win of the season, and his second WGC event in a row after triumphing at the Dell Match Play back in March.
US Open champion Dustin Johnson fired a day best 66 to move into contention following five birdies and a bogey. The Tour’s newest major winner sits three shots back on two under par, alongside Charl Schwartzel who took one shot more than Johnson to get around the tight and challenging Firestone course.
First round leader William McGirt scrambled his way to an even par 70 and sits alongside Schwartzel and Johnson in a tie for fifth place.
Jordan Spieth also reached that number, but a chunked wedge at the par five 16th led to a triple-bogey eight and the 22-year-old must now overturn a five shot deficit on Sunday if he is to claim his first ever WGC trophy.
The week goes from bad to worse for the British quartet in Ohio, however, with 72s from Paul Casey and Andrew Johnston the best score signed for. Casey is the strongest placed of those from these shore, but lies nine shots off the lead in a tie for 26th. Johnston is six shots further off the pace and sits T45th on his WGC debut. The third Englishman in the field, Justin Rose, was even to the turn for the day, but three bogeys coming home sent him tumbling down the leaderboard into a tie for 40th.
Scotland’s Russell Knox opened up with a birdie, but mixed that in with four bogeys and double to fire 75 and book himself one of the earliest tee times for Sunday’s final round.