Day gets seal of ap­proval from Woods as Open hits head­wind

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

TIGER Woods has backed Jason Day to seize Open cham­pi­onship glory, declar­ing the Queens­lan­der has the form to snare his first ma­jor.

Day is in equal fourth place with Adam Scott at seven- un­der, three shots be­hind Amer­i­can Dustin John­son af­ter grind­ing out a one- un­der 71 de­spite a de­lay of al­most 11 hours caused by ex­treme winds.

Day and Scott lead an 11man Aus­tralian con­tin­gent head­ing into the third round af­ter the Open was con­demned to a Mon­day fin­ish for only the sec­ond time in its 155- year history.

With bet­ter con­di­tions forecast for the next two days, Ge­off Ogilvy, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Greg Chalmers, Brett Rum­ford, Mar­cus Fraser, Marc Leish­man, John Sen­den and Scott Arnold all re­main in con­tention with Day and Scott.

Scott Strange missed the cut by a shot along with Scott Hend, Rod Pam­pling and Adam Bland.

John­son ( 10- un­der) leads Eng­land’s Danny Wil­lett by a stroke. Scot­land’s 1999 cham­pion Paul Lawrie is third over­all at eight- un­der.

On a con­tentious day when Royal & An­cient of­fi­cials came un­der fire for start­ing an al­ready de­layed round in 70km winds, Woods and Day mar­velled at the re­cep­tion they re­ceived as they strolled up the 18th fair­way.

Woods, who missed the cut for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ma­jor with a 36- hole re­turn of seven- over, said: “We were com­ing up 18, I said ( to Day), ‘ It’s the great­est walk in golf.’

“He says, ‘ Yeah, it’s nice when you have an eight- shot lead ( re­fer­ring to Woods run­away vic­tory at St An­drews in 2000), too.’

“I said, ‘ Well, you just go ahead and go get that lead.’

“He’s play­ing well enough to do it.

“But there’s a lot of guys who have a chance to win.

“This golf course is def­i­nitely get­table. The greens are soft and re­cep­tive, and if you’re driv­ing it well and driv­ing it long ( it) is very much get­table,” Woods said.

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