ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf. Jason Day is the Darling of Aussie. November 23 2013

Jason Day is the darling of Aussie following his third round 66, which took him to the top of the leaderboard in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.Jason Day  (Getty Images) Jason Day / Getty Images Saturday is moving day in golf, and the Day named Jason did just that, shooting a third round of -5 under par 66, for a total score of -9 under par at Royal Melbourne Golf Course, to top the leaderboard. Much to the delight of the singing Aussie crowd, he and partner Adam Scott now lead the team event, although Adam struggled with his round today, returning a -3 under par 68 for his total of -2 under par. Jason stressed how important it is to get off to a good start; “I got off to a good start and I stayed patient and just let it happen, on the way home I made a load of putts. I’m very excited with how I played today. This sort of course you have to be patient; you can’t get to the point where the course is beating you up. Scotty’s been playing great, it would be very fitting for us to bring it home at Royal Melbourne for all the people that have been here supporting us.” In second place on the leaderboard is the persistent Thomas Bjorn, despite treading water today with an even par third round of 71, Thomas is still there at -8 under par, just one shot off the lead; "I have played really, really well again today and the putter just didn’t really do what it had to do and I am happy with the way I am playing. I am doing everything right and playing the golf course the way it should be played. It was disappointing, the couple of mistakes I made, but in general I am in a good position and it’ll be good fun tomorrow. I’m up against a guy that we all know what he is capable of and I’ve got to go out and try and keep playing the same sort of golf that I have been playing for three days and hopefully roll a few putts in.”   Matt Kuchar is still in the mix, a -3 under par 68 gives him third place on his own at -6 under par. Francesco Molinari matched Jason's best-of-the-day round of 66 to move into fourth on five under. He won the 2009 staging under the old format with his brother Edoardo; “It was obviously a very good day, pretty much the same start as yesterday. The course is great, it’s playing great, fast, and the fairways are not too firm but the greens are really hard so it’s a really good test. I think winning in China in 2009 was obviously very special for both of us. But still, winning the individual it would be fantastic, especially on a golf course like this with such great history. I think it would be pretty much the same feeling.” In the team event, Australia, with Jason Day and Adam Scott lead at -11 under par, with the U.S.A. Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman in second place at -10 under par. Japan are a distant third at -4 under par, so it is down to the top two to fight it out. Strangely enough Adam Scott is so far the weakest link in these two teams, it is only the magnificent performance of Jason Day that has kept the Americans from romping away with this title.