Rory McIlroy bounced back into the mix at the Wells Fargo Championship following a five-under-par 66 at the North Carolina event. A birdie at 10 extended Day's lead to three but consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14 after errant tee shots saw Day fall level with a fast-finishing Wise. The back nine, however, was when Woods was dialed in.
Unfortunately for McIlroy, his attempt to use the final round at Quail Hollow as a confidence booster never materialised. "The way these conditions are, (the players left) will go out and get to double digits under par".
He will play in the second to last group in tomorrow's final round as he is now at 7 under for the tournament- 2 shots off the lead. His previous was the tie for 32nd last month at the Masters. He finished tied for fifth, his ninth career top-10 in Charlotte without a victory. But I've got to put it behind me and move on to the next one and hit the next shot with just as much commitment. He had just three putts on the final three holes-with a touch of luck.
"I got shut out", Woods said of the absence of birdies in a round that included 15 pars and three bogeys.
The 30-year-old Australian missed more than half the fairways - including an ugly hook into the water on the par-4 14th - hit just eight greens in regulation and made four bogeys on the day, squandering a three-shot lead on the back nine. He hit just 25 of 56 for the week.
"I mean, I feel like it's on the end of my tips, it's right on the end of the tip", Day said this weekend describing how close he is to his No. 1 form. With his bare feet in the stream and the ball on the bank well above his feet, he hit a full shot to the back of the green for a two-putt par.
"A couple of them". I've had ample time to make the adjustment, and I just haven't.
"You play sit there and play mental games with yourself, subconsciously saying, 'You can't do this".
With The Players - the flagship tournament of the PGA Tour - next up for McIlroy, the journey on to Jacksonville will see him working over the next few days. Woods has not played there since 2015.
"I didn't putt well again", said Woods, who needed 31 putts on Sunday and ranks 136th in strokes-gained/putting on the week. I knew good things would come. You have to hit the ball well there at the TPC. "You get on runs like that".
"I'll still be grinding, working on my swing and making sure that's solid and driving the ball correctly, because that golf course does demand everything". "If you're not on, then you're always in the wrong spot and it's a very hard week".
Adrift of overnight leader Peter Malnati by one shot at the halfway mark, Day's second successive 67 - which included five birdies and just one bogey - saw the 2015 US PGA Championship victor put himself in the box seat for his first title since January's Farmers Insurance Open.