The Queenslander’s round of 67 today has him trailing Peter Malnati and in a share of second place with Aaron Wise.
Day has played this event on only two previous occasions, the last of which came in 2012 but he has handled the demanding layout beautifully over the opening two days. He did however finish 9th at Quail Hollow Club in last year's PGA Championship.
Just two bogeys, one of those a particularly soft bogey at the 11th today followed the eagle but a lengthy birdie putt at the 17th took him to 6 under and heading into the weekend he is poised to challenge for what would be his 12th PGA Tour title.
Day has his share caddie, Luke Reardon, on the bag this week after several events working with Rika Batibasaga who was with him when successful at Torrey Pines earlier this year and at the Masters.
Greg Chalmers improved with a second round of 70 to be in a share of 20th place while Adam Scott crept inside the cut-line with an improved second round of 70 and completed the Australians to make it to weekend play.
Rod Pampling, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy and Ryan Ruffels will all have the weekend off, Ogilvy in particular a surprise given the impressive start (68) he made yesterday.
The Victorian's second round of 81 was almost too bad to be true, a triple bogey at his 9th hole unsettling enough but a stretch of six consecutive bogeys late in the round costing him any chance of further play this week.
Justin Thomas kept alive his hopes of reaching the number one position in the world standings with a second round of 69 to be 28th position. He needs to finish inside the top 12 this week if he is to move ahead of the incumbent Dustin Johnson who is not playing this week.
“I’m over thinking about it because someone told me, and it was a great way to put it, I’m not trying to have it for a week,” said Thomas in a post round interview.
“I’m trying to have it for a long time. I can’t put too much pressure on having it because it’s not like it’s just going to be once and it will be done. I just need to continue to try to play good golf and give myself a chances to win tournaments. You would hope if I keep playing the way that I’ve been playing that I’ll have it at some point.”
Tiger Woods had a horror day on the greens but still managed to make the cut, a lengthy birdie putt at the last apparently seeing him just make the cut but as the day progressed he had a shot to spare.
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