ORLANDO, Fla. — The words Jason Day has used all week at Bay Hill are what he gets from Tiger Woods whenever they talk about playing with the lead.

Patience. Aggression. Extend the lead. And if you’re not on your game, post a good score.

Those thoughts carried Day to a 2-under 70 in rough weather Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, giving him a two-shot lead and one more day to show he’s a quick study. He has won the last three times he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

“It’s a different pressure, but it’s a good, uncomfortable feeling that I’ve always talked about, that I always want in my career,” Day said. “Because I know that if I’ve got that, I have a comfortable feeling that I’m doing it right. And usually, I’m around the lead.”

It wasn’t easy Saturday, even though tee times started earlier in the day because of a forecast of storms in the afternoon. That didn’t keep the rain from showing up, occasionally heavy, or for the temperatures to fluctuate and the wind to swirl.

Day was at 15-under 201, two shots clear of Henrik Stenson (70), Troy Merritt (67) and Kevin Chappell (67).

LPGA: Sei Young Kim stumbled late in the third round of the JTBC Founders Cup at Phoenix, handing the lead to Eun-Hee Ji and putting Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and many others in far better position than they expected.

Three strokes ahead after an eagle on the par-4 13th, Kim bogeyed the 16th and 17th and finished with a 2-under 70 to drop into a tie for second with Lewis – a stroke behind Ji.

Ji shot a 65 to reach 18-under 198.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in Arizona.

Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions. He bogeyed the par-3 12th and closed with six consecutive pars.

Jim Carter (63) and Wes Short Jr. (65) were a stroke back.

EUROPEAN TOUR: SSP Chawrasia shot a flawless 4-under 68 in the third round to take a two-stroke lead in the Indian Open at New Delhi.


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