Rising Australian star Jason Day and 42-year-old American Michael Bradley moved clear of the field in the third round of the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande today.
The chasing pack is four behind after 21-year-old Day carded a two-under-par 70 and Bradley, playing his first event of the season after losing his card and failing to get it back at the qualifying school, a fine 68 in difficult conditions at the Trump International.
Eight players share third place on eight-under – Americans Cliff Kresge, Bryce Molder, Jay Williamson, Brett Quigley, Omar Uresti, Kent Jones and Bart Bryant, plus Australian left-hander Greg Chalmers.
Bradley, who had the second of the PGA Tour victories 11 years ago, birdied four of the first six holes to turn in 32 and after a bogey on the 12th collected his fifth birdie of the round at the 17th.
Former Australian and world junior champion Day had three birdies himself on the front nine and his only dropped shot came at the 14th.
Day had shared the halfway lead with compatriot Matt Jones, but the 28-year-old from Sydney had a nightmare run after grabbing an eagle on the long fifth.
Jones double-bogeyed the next, bogeyed five of the following six holes, had another double bogey on the 13th and let another stroke go at the next.
That was 10 over par for nine holes, but he did at least pick up two birdies on the closing stretch for a 79 that dropped him to 37th.
England’s Greg Owen, 12th overnight, managed only a 77 to slump to joint 58th on one-under, while German Alex Cejka signed for a 74 that sent him down from eighth to 17th on five-under.
American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin is on the same mark following a 73 and Rocco Mediate, beaten by Tiger Woods in a play-off for the US Open last June and still seeking his first top 10 finish since then, struggled to a 75 that left him alongside Jones and 18-year-old Hawaiian Tadd Fujikawa.