Twelve months ago, Day was the game’s leading ranked player but by the end of 2017 he had slipped to 13th. A win last week moved him to 10th and a win tomorrow would advance his cause even further to a likely 8th position.
With stronger breezes buffeting the Pebble Beach Golf Links layout today, Day’s solid round of 69 moved him one closer to the lead than was the case through 36 holes and he looms as a genuine threat to defeat regular contender at Pebble Beach, Johnson, and Potter, the latter of whom flirted with a sub 60 round before bogeys at his final two holes saw him finish with 62.
Potter has been plagued with an injury he incurred in 2014, his win at the Greenbrier Classic in 2012, his only PGA Tour title to date but he is nothing if not persistent having played his way back to the PGA Tour via the Web.Com Tour last season.
The lefthander has always been a highly talented player having tremendous success on the Mini Tours before joining the Web.Com Tour in 2010 but his career has been impacted by the ongoing issues with his ankle injury and subsequent surgery.
Johnson has been a two-time winner of this event and a regular contender and so if Day is to challenge for the title he will have to produce something quite special in tomorrow’s final round at the host venue.
Tied with Day at 12 under and two back is Troy Merritt who has missed his last three cuts this season and who has yet to make cut in this event so to say the least this week’s effort to date is a significant turnaround.
One shot further back and not yet out of it are the evergreen Steve Stricker, Patrick Rodgers and the ever-present Jon Rahm who could potentially go to number one with victory dependant on how the cards fall with the incumbent Dustin Johnson who would admittedly need to falter badly if that were to be the case.
Australians other than Day to survive the 54 hole cut were Aaron Baddeley (50th) and Rod Pampling 60th.
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