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Jason Day finds form at Travelers Championship

Day records his best round at the TPC River Highlands (Photo: Getty Images / Rob Carr)
Jason Day has produced a ‘round of the day’ 63 at the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands near Hartford, improving his standing in the event some 80 places from that he was in after an opening round of 70 and at the halfway mark he is tied for 7th and four behind leader, Zack Sucher.

With five birdies in his first seven holes, Day was on track for something really special over the par 70 layout but his last 11 holes would yield only two further birdies. For Day however it has perhaps confirmed his decision to engage the services of New Zealand caddy Steve Williams.

The pair worked together for the first time at last week’s US Open where Day finished 21st and the combination of the former world number one golfer and a caddy who has been on the bag of 14 major championship winners appears to be gelling nicely.

"Pretty much when he asks you to do something you pretty much do it," said Day referring to William's renowned manner.

"I (previously) went and chipped some, I hit balls on the range, and then I putted. So until now I'm not pleased with how things have progressed so far with regards to my year.

"And since having Steve on the bag we've definitely been a lot more disciplined about going to the range and putting green, chipping green after the round and making sure we're staying on top of it, especially with our feels.

"I've got a lot of work. Like we say, we're focusing on trying to win this year, but definitely trying to project and look forward to 2020.

"He's very black and white. Yeah, we're going to go over and hit some chips, hit some putts, just get out of here. Because it is starting to get a little bit wet. It's raining here now."

Day has played well enough at the TPC River Highlands previously, ten of his 14 rounds in the event until this year in the 60’s although his best finish in four starts has been 12th.

"It was disappointing to shoot even par yesterday because I know I played a lot better than the actual score showed. To capitalize on the opportunities that I had out there today, I definitely needed it. It was nice to be able to settle into the round after birdieing four in a row on the back side, which was my front."

The leader, Sucher, a late invite into the torunament, has yet to win on the PGA Tour and in two previous starts in this event he has missed the cut so, to say the least, his effort to date is a surprise.

Returning from injury, Sucher has played mainly Web.Com Tour and mini-tour events this season but thus far is taking full advantage of the opportunity he has this week.

He has been a winner and four times runner-up on the Web.Com Tour previously but, obviously, this is another level and his progress over the weekend will be watched with interest.

Sucher leads by two over Chez Reavie and Keegan Bradley.

Former winner of the event, Marc Leishman, began well yesterday with a round of 66 but his second round of 70 saw him lose ground and he finds himself in a share of 36th place.

Other Australians, Cameron Davis and Matt Jones, have also made the cut but are back in 56th place at the halfway stage.  

For Davis it was just the second cut he has made in his last seven starts and in 160th place on the FedEx Cup standings he could do with a big weekend.

 

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