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Jason Day creeps closer at Players Championship

Day during his morning round today (Photo: Getty Images)
When Jason Day walked from the 18th hole of his second round at the Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass he could have been forgiven for thinking he would be within close proximity of the 36 hole lead.

At that point he had just completed a round of 67 and was two behind the then leaders Charl Schwartzel and Patrick Cantlay.

Five hours later Day finds himself a massive seven shots from the lead after Webb Simpson, who was just beginning his second round when Day walked from his final hole, reeled of a stunning round of 63 to lead by five over Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Cantaly and a resurgent Danny Lee.

It was however a continuation of Day’s fine play in 2018 and that he produced last week when winning at Quail Hollow and although he is well off the lead of Simpson’s he is nicely placed to contend for his second Players Championship title should Simpson falter.

Day suggested his driving had not been quite as good today as it had been in yesterday's opening round but was happy how he had managed his game.

"When I was out of play I got it back on the green and didn't try to force anything," said Day. "There were a couple of times when I felt I could have pressed it but I don't think it would have worked out for me so having five birdies and no bogeys for me out there was huge."

There were several highlights in Day's round but perhaps the best came when his fairway bunker shot from 145 yards at the 5th hole finished inches from the cup and resulted in his 5th and final birdie of the day (see below).

Adam Scott showed signs that things are on the improve for him when he produced a round of 68 today to move to 7 under par and just one behind Day. 

Two late birdies at the 16th and 17th holes have him nicely placed heading into the weekend and, currently 71st in the world ranking and needing to be inside the top 60 if he is to avoid missing the US Open for the first time in 17 years, a strong weekend will be beneficial in more ways than one.

Marc Leishman added a second consecutive round of 71 to be at 2 under and just inside the cut-line. It was perhaps a disappointing day for Leishman after birdies at his opening two holes suggested something significantly better. He does however live to fight another day although the same can't be said for the other Australians in the field.

For Rod Pampling, Cameron Smith and Geoff Ogilvy their week is over having missed the cut by several shots. 




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