Day still in hunt
JASON Day will rely on his winning experience at the Players’ Championship to have any hope of reeling in leader Webb Simpson in the closing rounds at TPC Sawgrass.
World No.7 Day was left in Simpson’s wake after the second round as the American fired a course record-equalling 63 — nine under par.
Former US Open winner Simpson joined six others — including Australians Day (2016) and Greg Norman (1994) — to post a 63 at golf’s unofficial fifth major. At 15- under, his five-shot cushion is the largest 36-hole lead in the tournament’s history.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (66), American youngster Patrick Cantlay (68) and New Zealand’s Danny Lee (66) share second at 10-under.
Day, 30, the leading Australian, carded a bogey-free 67 to climb to eight-under, seven shots off the pace.
He says he will draw on the positive memories of his dominant Players victory in 2016 as he attempts to chase down the equal-largest 36-hole deficit at Sawgrass, set by Tim Clark in 2010.
“It’s always good to come back and know you’ve won on a golf course like this because it is tough, and the weekend changes,” said Day, who won last week’s US PGA Tour event in North Carolina.
Australian Adam Scott’s 68 left him at seven-under, and Marc Leishman (71) was five shots further back.
Cameron Smith (75, sevenover), Geoff Ogilvy (74, eightover) and Rod Pampling (80, 10-over) missed the cut.