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Jason Day takes lead, Tiger Woods in middle of pack at Deutsche Bank Championship

September 5, 2010 |  3:42 pm

Jason Day

And on the third day, Tiger Woods was neither good nor bad at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass. He was right in the middle as he shot a two-under-par 69 and finished the third round 10 shots behind leader Jason Day of Australia.

Day shot a 66 and equaled the tournament record for 54 holes with a 17-under 196. Brandt Snedeker, who chipped in on the par-five 18th to save par for a 67, is one shot back at 16 under. The rest of the leaderboard has Luke Donald at 15 under, Steve Stricker and Charley Hoffman at 13 under and Phil Mickelson leading a group of four tied at 12 under.

"I played great today and [made] just one little mistake," said Day, 22, who won his only PGA Tour event in May. "Overall I feel very happy with how I played and how I handled myself. Tomorrow I'm just going to try to do what I did today."

Woods, who opened the tournament Friday with three birdies and four bogeys but rebounded Saturday with his first bogey-free round of the year, had a bogey on each side Sunday to offset his four birdies on the TPC Boston course. His treading water in the third round puts his world No. 1 ranking in jeopardy again, with Mickelson and Stricker each within striking distance.

"Overall today I think I played better than what my score indicated," Woods said. "I had a lot of putts that I didn't make today. I made a couple nice par putts, but boy, I missed a lot of birdie putts. I kept getting double-breaking putts.

"I had to really grind and stay committed to what I was doing out there. I did it for the most part. Early on I was struggling a little bit, but fixed it, got it, and hit a lot of good shots after that."

-- Dan Loumena

Times wire services contributed to this report.

Photo: Jason Day hits his approach on the 13th hole Sunday. Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images