Day moves into contention at PGA with superb 65
A birdie spree on the back nine has seen Jason Day rocket into contention following the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
Day finished his round of 65 to be at 7-under-par and in a tie for third place, two shots behind co-leaders Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.
Jason Day (Credit: Anthony Powter)
After a slower than normal opening nine which had Day carding three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey, the world number 1 ignited over the back nine with an incredible five birdies in seven holes, before making a great recovery on the 17th from deep in the rough after hooking his drive.
A par on the 18th was enough to see the defending champion jump six places on the field and to sit within striking distance of the leaders.
“I kind of gave myself a little bit of a kick in the bum, especially with the double bogey on 7,” said Day. “It was a bit of a mess there. With that said, being able to come back and birdie 8 and 9 really made things a lot better for me on the back side.”
“I just kept on setting myself up for opportunities. Even when I was kind of out of position, either in a fairway bunker or just in the rough, I had perfect angles. So that was quite nice.”
With the prediction of weather interruptions over the weekend, Day knows the final two days of the last major of the year will not be easy, both mentally and with the calibre of players behind him.
Hot on his tail and a stroke behind is Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson and there’s former PGA champion Martin Kaymer at 5-under, both capable of raining on Day’s parade.
“It’s always good to be in contention at a major championship being that I won it last year it would be nice to get No. 2, my second major and get that under the belt,” said Day.
“When guys are going to play good, they are going to play good. You look at Henrik and Phil at The Open Championship. They kind of ran away with it.”
“Saturday is moving day, as everyone knows. If I can have a good one tomorrow, it will come down to the last day. So it’s always exciting to be in contention. I’m super stoked about what happened today.”
Of the other Aussies, Adam Scott made three birdies in his last five holes to fire a second round 67 to move to 3-under and a tie for 13th, just six shots back from the leaders heading to the weekend.
John Senden shot an even-par-70 to stay at 2-under along with Scott Hend (70) in a tie for 22nd. Marcus Fraser fired a 68 to be 1-under, while Marc Leishman and Aaron Baddeley are at even par.
Matt Jones made the cut on the number at 2-over, meaning Greg Chalmers (76) is the only Australian to miss the cut at eight over.