‘It’s right there’: Day sets stage for big PGA Championship finish

Jason Day firmly believes he can lift the Wanamaker Trophy for a second time after an even-par 70 kept him in contention after the third round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.

The 2015 winner and former world No.1 had a share of the lead after Thursday’s opening round before backing up with a one-under 69.

Jason Day has returned to a share of the lead.Credit:Getty Images

Day, one of six players at six-under including Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose and Tony Finau, remains confident heading into Sunday’s final round.

"I feel like it's right there," he said in quotes reported on the PGA Australia website. "If it clicks, I think I can shoot a low one, and if I can do that tomorrow, hopefully I’ll be walking out of here with the Wanamaker [Trophy].

"I'm really going to focus on each and every shot. If I can walk off at the end of the day knowing I gave it everything, I’ll be happy. Hopefully it’s enough to win."

Day returned to a share of the lead after overnight leader Haotong Li bogeyed the fifth hole en route to a three-over 73 and took heart from remaining in contention despite what he described as a "poor" round.

Dustin Johnson lines up a putt en route to the lead.Credit:Getty Images

"Major championship weekends you don’t have to do too much to move up the leaderboard, but you can do a lot to move away from the lead by forcing things too much," he said.

"Hopefully that’s my poor round for the week, and I can move on."

Remarkably for Johnson, who has finished runner-up at each of the three majors he is yet to win, is is only the second time he has led going into the final round.

"I'm going to have to play good golf if I want to win. It’s simple," he said.

"I’ve got to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. If I can do that tomorrow, I'm going to have a good chance coming down the stretch. I’m just going to have to do what I did today. Just get it done."

Adam Scott is the next best Australian, tied for 30th at two-under after an even-par 70, two shots ahead of Cameron Smith who has a share of 43rd.

Missing from the action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory last year.

AP

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