Jason Day is 18 holes away from another dominant US PGA Tour victory.

With The Masters just three weeks away, Day has rediscovered his 2015 form and finished the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday with the same two-shot lead with which he began it and has positioned himself to win for the first time in 2016.

On a wet day at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, Day, third in the World Ranking, shot a two-under par 70 to finish 54 holes in 15-under par 201, two shots ahead of Henrik Stenson, Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.

Day’s round was full of great shots, none better than his spectacular chip-in at the par-4 eighth [see below].

Stenson, No.7 in the World Ranking, also shot 70 in pursuit of his first US PGA Tour victory since the Tour Championship in 2013. A resident of the Orlando area, he last won in 2014, at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship.

Stenson played one of the shots of the year at 18 after finding his ball plugged in a greenside trap [see below].


Chappell, a former college player of the year at UCLA seeking his first PGA Tour victory, and Merritt had the rounds of the day, five-under par 67s.

Rory McIlroy, second in the World Ranking, shot 75, the same score he had in the first round, and fell to a tie for 64th.