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Despite erratic play, Day has share of lead

AKRON, Ohio — Jason Day had no indication that Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational would be such hard work until one swing.

His plan was to hit a draw with his driver, and the shot started out to the right. Trouble is, it kept going to the right until he was deep in the trees.

"That came out of nowhere," Day said. "It wasn't just down the right. It was way right. I think it's more of a mental thing when it comes to those ones because when you're sharp and you're on your game and you're hitting it great, you don't miss them that far."

It didn't help that he missed again on the next hole. And then the next one. Or that he hit only three fairways on a Firestone course that demands more.

Day still managed to turn that into a 1-under 69 to share the lead with Scott Piercy.

"I felt like Mr. Haverkamp out of 'Caddyshack' trying to find his golf ball and not knowing where the golf hole goes," Day said.

But he could find the bottom of the cup, including three par putts of at least 8 feet.

Piercy, coming off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open two weeks ago at Oakmont, quickly tied Day for the lead with an eagle on the par-5 second hole and was flawless until the final hole. He had a one-shot lead until pulling his tee shot into the left rough, running a low shot through the green and into a back bunker, and having to scramble just to escape with a bogey and a 67.

They were at 5-under 205, the highest 54-hole score at this World Golf Championship since 2007.

Only nine players remained under par, and given the firm conditions of Firestone, Day believes all of them have a chance.

David Lingmerth of Sweden had a 69 and was one shot behind. The big move Saturday belonged to U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who hits it a long way and has a short memory.

After warming up on the range, Johnson said he was ready for a great round of golf, adding that "I'm due." The smile suggested he did recall that he played decently at Oakmont two weeks ago.

Johnson was 5 under through 11 holes and closing in on the lead when he played the final seven holes in 1 over for a 66. Still, that was enough to get him to 2-under 208, three shots behind, along with Charl Schwartzel (67) and William McGirt (70).

LPGA: At Portland, defending champion Brooke Henderson continued her mastery of Columbia Edgewater Country Club, shooting a 70 to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Cambia Portland Classic.

The 18-year-old Canadian, who claimed her first LPGA Tour win a year ago in Portland, was at 13-under 203 heading into Sunday's final round. Henderson leads Colombia's Mariajo Uribe, who is 11-under after a 71.

Henderson, who three weeks ago won the Women's PGA Championship, has shared or held the outright Portland lead the past six rounds. Henderson was aiming to become the first back-to-back Portland winner since Annika Sorenstam in 2002-03.

Uribe was looking for her first LPGA Tour win. In her sixth year on tour, Uribe's best finish was third at the 2015 Manulife Classic.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, tied for the lead with Henderson after the second round, faded to 9-under following a 74. Pettersen was the only player among the top 15 players who didn't break par Saturday. Also at 9-under was 2014 Portland champion Austin Ernst following a 69.

PGA: At Reno, Nev., Greg Chalmers birdied five of the final six holes to increase his lead to six points in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's lone modified Stableford scoring event.

The 42-year-old Australian had seven birdies and a bogey for a 15-point round and 39-point total at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for eagle, two points for birdie and deducts a point for bogey and three points for double bogey or worse.

Jason Day misses a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club Saturday in Akron, Ohio. TONY DEJAK/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS