- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day set the 36-hole record at The Players Championship on Saturday morning. By the end of a long and laborious day of big numbers, he was hanging on by the seat of his pants on a TPC Sawgrass that was as frightening as ever.

On a vastly different golf course with greens that felt like putting on glass compared with the previous two rounds, Day overcame two double bogeys with a strong back nine for a 1-over 73 to maintain his four-shot lead.

Day four-putted from 18 feet for double bogey and made another double bogey when he blasted out of sand across the green into deep rough as his lead shrunk to one shot. From there, the world’s No. 1 player played 3 under with no bogeys over the final 10 holes to restore some semblance of order.

He was at 14-under 202. Any thoughts of adding to the record book were gone. But when a shootout turned into a survival, all that mattered was the lead.

Ken Duke turned in the best round of the tournament by making six birdies over his last seven holes for a 65, more than 10 shots better than the average score. He was four shots behind along with Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Alex Cejka (72).

Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Rickie Fowler all missed the cut when the storm-delayed second round was completed Saturday morning.

MAURITIUS OPEN

BEAU CHAMPS, Mauritius (AP) - Banglasesh’s Siddikur Rahman shot a 3-under 69 to take the third-round lead in the Mauritius Open.

Rahman had a 7-under 209 total on the Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons on the east coast of the Indian Ocean island. South Korea’s Wang Jeung-hun, coming off his first European Tour title last week in Morocco, was a stroke back after a 71.

Second-round leader Andrew Dodt dropped seven shots on the back nine in a 77 that left the Australian tied for third with Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts (73) at 3 under.

The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.


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