Day still in hunt

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

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.

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