Day in solid second
JASON Day says skill, not health, will decide the fate of his promising bid for Open Championship glory.
In equal second behind American Dustin Johnson after a dazzling opening round, Day said he was unconcerned about a recurrence of the vertigo attacks which sabotaged his US Open.
“I feel good. I’m not thinking about falling over on my face again. It’s good,” Day ( pictured) said after shooting a sixunder 66 around a windswept Old Course. “I’m not worrying about it.” Healthy again after being prescribed medication for a viral infection which caused the vertigo and the fall at Chambers Creek, Day was among a clutch of standout Australian performers in the opening round.
The Queenslander collected birdies on the second, fifth, sixth, 10th, 14th and 15th holes to up stage playing partner Tiger Woods ,who slumped to a horror 76, his worst round as a professional at the Old Course.
“I knew there was going to be a lot of eyes on me. I just wanted to make sure I played solid out there,” Day said. Adam Scott was also strongly in contention after a brutal weather change bared St Andrews’ sharpest fangs.
On a day when early starters were significantly advantaged, Johnson shot a superb seven- under 65 to lead Day and five others by a stroke on a congested leaderboard.
Scott was among the late starters but defied the worst of treacherous afternoon conditions to card a magnificent two- under 70.
Sydney’s Matt Jones shot a four- under 68 to be well in contention.
Masters winner Scott was elated after drilling a fivemetre downhill birdie putt on the 18th to make a telling statement at the end of a torrid and testing round.
“It can even out, even over the next three days,” he said of the heavy rain and wind forecast for the second round.
Behind Day and Jones were Scott, Greg Chalmers, Steven Bowditch and Marc Leishman ( 70), with Geoff Ogilvy, Brett Rumford and Scott Arnold ( 71) also under par.
John Senden ( 72), Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser ( 7 4 ) , Adam Bland ( 75) and Rod Pampling and Scott Strange ( 77) all had trying days.