Paul Casey

Day sets 36-hole record, then hangs on at Players

Jason Day saw The Players Championship at its easiest and toughest, all in the span of nine hours Saturday on what felt like two golf courses.

He set a record when it felt like a shootout.

He was even stronger when the TPC Sawgrass turned into a battle for survival.

And when a long, wild and utterly exhausting day was finally over, the world's No. 1 player could take solace that he still had a four-shot lead.

"I want to say this was the toughest day I've ever had to play in my life," Day said after gutting out a 1-over 73 going into the final round. "I want to win this tournament so bad. I really do. ... But right now, I'm just trying to focus on...