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Disaster for Manley after hole-in-one, Day leads at World Cup

ESPN staff
November 23, 2013
Stuart Manley pats the roof of the car after the hole-in-one thinking he has won it © Getty Images

Welsh golfer Stuart Manley went from a hole-in-one to an 11 in the third round of the World Cup in Melbourne.

The good part came on the par-3 third when Manley moved into a share of second place with the ace with an 8-iron on the 176-yard hole.

Manley patted the roof of the car after the shot, thinking he had won it, but the car is only available for a hole-in-one on Sunday during the final round.

Before he had a chance to see himself on the leaderboard, Manley went from a one to double figures on the par-4 fourth. A bad tee shot and a pitch that kept rolling off the green and back down to his feet in the gully dropped him into a tie for 15th.

Australian Jason Day shot a five-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Day had a three-round total of nine-under 204 playing in his first tournament since finding out eight relatives, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on November 9.

The wind at Royal Melbourne picked up on Saturday, taking away any advantage some early morning rain provided in slowing down the slick greens.

"You just have to have some patience," Day said. "I like playing difficult golf courses; that's what I do better at."

Second-round leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark shot 71 and was in second place, while American Matt Kuchar had 68 and was in third, 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 pretty ugly places."

Australia lead the World Cup team standings at 11-under, one ahead of the US team of Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

Italy's Francesco Molinari moved up the leaderboard with a 66 and was fourth, while Streelman 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 round. "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 for par."

Masters champion Adam Scott also was tied for eighth after a 68. After an opening 75 that included an 11 on one hole, the Australian has slowly moved up the leaderboard as he attempts to win his third tournament in a row.

But Scott said the Royal Melbourne greens are wearing him down. He won last week's Australian Masters after winning the Australian PGA the week before, and will try to win the Australian Open next week at Royal Sydney to capture the so-called Triple Crown.

"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 7 or 8 feet by all the time."

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