Golf 2022: Jason Day implodes in shocking third round collapse to give up lead at Wells Fargo Championship

Australian Jason Day completely imploded in a disastrous collapse to relinquish the lead in a golf tournament in America.

Australian Jason Day had a disastrous third round as Keegan Bradley shot a three-under-par 67 to claim the lead at the US PGA Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday (AEST).

Day began the round with a three-shot lead but imploded to fall completely out of contention as he continues his search for his first PGA tournament win since 2018.

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His nightmare round started when he found a bunker at the par-3 third and needed a putt from just outside eight feet to save bogey, then found water off the fourth tee on the way to a triple-bogey seven that left him co-leader with American Max Homa, who bogeyed the fourth.

At the par-4 fifth, Day sent another tee shot into the water on his way to bogey while Homa sank a four-foot birdie putt to grab a two-stroke lead at 7-under.

Day stumbled back with a bogey at the par-3 ninth and double bogey at the par-5 10th on his way to a nine-over 79 to stand on 209 with a round to do.

“I just didn’t have my stuff,” the 2015 PGA Championship winner said.

“I made a lot of errors out there and hitting into penalty areas. I’ve just got to get back to it tomorrow and try and find some positives.”

Golf fans couldn’t believe their eyes as they watched Day completely fall apart in a round to forget.

Sports host John P. Lopez tweeted: “Jason Day has forgotten how to play golf on live TV.

“Cruel, I know, but I just can’t stop watching.”

Bradley grinded out a 67 to seize a two-stroke lead after Saturday’s rain-soaked third round.

The 35-year-old American fired the low round of a miserable day to stand on eight-under 202 after 54 holes at soggy TPC Potomac at Avenel in suburban Washington.

American Max Homa was second on 204 after a 71 while India’s Anirban Lahiri and James Hahn shared third on 206 with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick fifth in 207.

More than 60mm of rain fell on the course since Wednesday with cold and windy conditions as well on Saturday requiring gritty play in miserable weather.

Bradley had the day’s low round and was among only four players to crack par in the third round.

“It was miserable,” Bradley said.

“To go out and stay strong in this weather, it was daunting in the beginning. I was thinking I’ve got a long way to go here. But I’m proud of the way I played.”

Bradley, ranked 64th, is seeking his fifth US PGA triumph, his first since taking the 2018 BMW Championship in a playoff over England’s Justin Rose.

He said the tough conditions could be an advantage if they keep him from thinking about the fact that he hasn’t won in nearly four years.

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