Day jumped out of the blocks with two early birdies today before two bogeys before the turn had him at even par for the day. He would then play his back nine in 4 under 32 to put himself in the picture for the weekend.
Without a top ten in nine previous starts in the event, Day is now well placed to potentially record a victory which would provide a great thrill to him given it is played near his now hometown and at a golf club where he is a member.
"I think that I feel good about my game," said Day. "I've had two wins this year, so I'm not searching for a win and coming here trying to do a little bit extra and push it a little bit. So I just -- coming off a couple wins, obviously that eases kind of tensions coming into it.
"I haven't had great finishes here, so the expectation of me playing is a little bit different this year. I'm here to win and I just got to not so much play it differently. I know how to play this course, because I played it before, a number of times,
"I haven't done very well on it. But I just feel a little bit different this year. My game feels a little bit different. My short game's where it needs to be and it's kind of shown over the last two days."
"This is my home course and I think I just sucked on it for a long time. I didn't really, I don't think there was anything, any reason why, I just didn't really play well, but I'm hopefully I can change that, because I feel different this year."
Adam Scott moved into contention in the event not only as a potential winner but importantly if he finishes inside the top ten this week he will advance inside the top 60 in the world although an even better finish would guarantee he is inside the top 60 by June 11th ensuring a start at the US Open and avoiding Sectional Qualifying on Monday
Scott's round of 66 moves him within 5 shots of the lead and into a share of 14th place. He played his last eight holes in six under for a homeward nine of 30 and so his prospects for the weekend look good.
Scott is playing a busier than normal schedule at present to ensure he gets into the US Open and talked after his round when asked about the impact of the extra play.
"I don't know, I haven't stopped yet. It's not going to be good when I do stop, that's for sure. Yeah, look, I was flat yesterday, not a lot of focus on the golf course. It's hard not to beat yourself up about it here and there, but what can you expect, I've played a lot of rounds of golf. It's been hot as heck the last two weeks too, so I have to give myself a little bit of slack here and there in this stretch that I'm on at the moment."
John Senden continues to improve as he builds continuity following a lengthy break to attend to family illness issues and is at 3 under and in a share of 52nd. Rod Pampling is 63rd and Marc Leishman just made the cut on the number, a late double bogey nearly proving costly for the Victorian.
JASON DAY PITCHING ACTION
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