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JUST NOT HIS DAY ... but it was for this guy

- TIM BOOTH

JASON Day zapped.

All the energy and effort needed to get through his remarkable third round at the US Open caught up with the Australian while playing in the final group yesterday.

Tired and drained, and still feeling the effects of the vertigo that caused him to collapse on the final hole of his second round, Day faded.

Understand­able, and disappoint­ing all the same.

“He was totally exhausted. He was exhausted yesterday,” Day’s caddie and longtime coach Colin Swatton said. “I’m not sure how much of yesterday took it out of him. I really don’t. It’s in the result. I don’t know what to say. I’m obviously disappoint­ed.”

On another warm, grinding afternoon, Day couldn’t mus-

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simply ter up the energy needed for the final round. He closed with a 4-over 74 and finished at even-par for the tournament.

He made five bogeys and a double bogey, falling back into the pack with a rough threehole stretch. Day missed a 12foot birdie putt at No. 11 and a 6-footer at the 12th, then followed up with a double-bogey six at the uphill par-4 13th.

By the time he made birdie at No. 16, Day was five shots behind the leaders.

“I had a lot of in-between clubs and started feeling a lot better after the 12th hole. That was a plus,” Day said.

“I think I hit 13 greens and just didn’t capitalise at all on the stuff that I had. It’s unfortunat­e because I felt like I gave myself enough opportunit­ies.

“Couple of putts, 11 and 12, go in and it’s a different story, I feel different and opportunit­ies come down the line. If you don’t hole those, it doesn’t go your way.”

Afterwards, Day said he likely would be “taking some time off” to get his health in order.

During the third round on Sunday, Swatton was constantly giving Day encouragem­ent, although there were a handful of times when he believed Day was potentiall­y ready to call it quits on the hilly layout. Day’s vertigo returned near the end, even as he finished with birdies on three of his final four holes to move into a tie for the lead at 4 under.

There were concerns about Day’s health yesterday, although Swatton said he clearly wasn’t 100 per cent.

“Early in the round he said he wasn’t feeling 100 per cent and as the round went on he sort of got into his groove a little bit,” Swatton said.

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