Red-hot Day eyes round of 59 at BMW Championship

Australia’s Jason Day has continued his march towards reaching world number one after firing nine birdies and one eagle to finish his first 17 holes at 10-under at the rain-suspended BMW Championship.

Day’s chance to shoot a 59 came to an end for the day when play was halted at Conway Farms because of approaching storms.

“To be honest, I thought it was par-72, so I’m sitting there going, 10-under, there’s no chance at all I can get it, but if it goes in, it goes in. Right now I’m just trying to play the best I can. I’m just trying to get off to a good start.”

The 27-year-old had ripped a 316 metre drive at the 9th hole (his 18th) leaving him with just 40 metres to the hole for an unlikely chance at a 12-under 59 on the par 71 course.

“Obviously I want to hole it. 7 and 8 were close to chipping in for eagles, and unfortunately they didn’t go in, but I was definitely trying to push forward as much as possible.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about shooting 59. I obviously got an opportunity tomorrow to do it, so that’s pretty neat.”

Day sits four shots ahead of rookie Daniel Berger, who fired a 6-under 65 – a solid score on any other day of the year.

While Day was in red-hot form, world number two, Jordan Spieth, was providing fireworks of his own.

The dual-major winner had a hole-in-one at the par 3, 2nd (his 11th) and then followed that up with a chip-in birdie from 25 metres to get his game on track after bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.

“Yeah, it’s a very interesting day, one where I saw a bit of what I saw the last couple tournaments in that any time I gained momentum I just kind of tossed it back.”

“So to bounce back from that (bogeys) then and get that spark off the hole-in-one and then the chip-in, to then play No. 4 solid, 7 solid, really this is the nine holes that I needed to really feel confident and comfortable and back on track.”

Steven Bowditch sits at even par and in equal 36th after 13 holes while Matt Jones is struggling at 4-over after 14 holes and will need a strong finish tomorrow to remain in touch with the leaders.

World number one, Rory McIlroy, is at 3-under (T12) with six holes to play when play resumes.