Day back in the mix at a major

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Day scrambled in the near darkness Friday evening, figuring a few rushed shots in the gloaming would be better than having to return to Quail Hollow in the dawn patrol hours on Saturday.

The scene showed that players can get moving when need be, and Day -- often accused of being a dawdler -- put it in hustle mode to get to the clubhouse.

Undoubtedly there was some excitement, too, as Day saw himself near the top of the leaderboard for one of the rare times this year.

A 4-under-par 66 pushed him into contention and to within 2 strokes of leaders Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner.

Day, 29, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, has dropped to seventh in the world after starting the year No. 1.

A series of issues have befallen the Australian, who has not won since his victory at the 2016 Players Championship. His only real shot at victory this year came when he lost a playoff to Billy Horschel at the Byron Nelson Championship.

"It annoys and motivates me at the same time, to be honest, because I know how good I can be, because I have got to No. 1 in the world,'' Day said.

And given his plight this year -- three missed cuts and only two top 10s -- after finishing up 2016 by withdrawing twice because of back problems, Day did not figure to be getting in the mix here this week.

Before the tournament, he talked about some of the mistakes he made after getting to No. 1.


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