Day played the Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s layout today and tomorrow will tackle the host venue Pebble Beach Golf Links to complete the third of the three-course rota for the event ahead of Sunday’s final round at Pebble Beach.
Day has played well in this event previously although has yet to win. Last year he led through 36 holes before finishing 5th and there have been three other top tens in his eight starts. It is therefore a venue he enjoys and he no doubt looks ahead to the chance to win consecutive titles when he plays the final 36 holes at Pebble Beach.
Johnson, though, will be a hard man to run down given his outstanding record in the event having won twice and been inside the top 5 on four other occasions. He also led into the final round of the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach before finishing 8th.
Hossler is a former top amateur into his second season as a professional and his first on the PGA Tour. Four top twenties in eight starts to date in his first season at this higher level suggests he is going to carry his great amateur record over the the professional ranks.
The leaders are two shots ahead of Americans Troy Merritt and Julian Suriwith another shot back to the group of Day, Phil Mickelson, the ever present Jon Rahm, Aaron Wise, Steve Stricker and Kevin Streelman.
Of the other Australians Cameron Percy, who had begun the week so well with an opening 66 slipped down the field with his round of 72 at Pebble Beach to be in 23rd place, Aaron Baddeley is 39th, Rod Pampling 87th, Stuart Appleby and Cameron Davis 110th while Greg Chalmers, Matt Jones and Adam Scott are even further back.
Scott improved seven shots with his round of 70 but it hardly made a dent in his position, the Queenslander in his first event of the year in 136th place in the 156 player field.
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