Jason Day continues second round charge at PGA Championship

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August 12, 2017 10:22:14

World number seven Jason Day has continued his march up the PGA Championship leaderboard after play was halted by bad weather midway through the second round.

Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner and runner-up last year, had dropped a shot on day two but a stunning tap-in eagle at the par-5 seventh hole at Quail Hollow preceded three consecutive birdies as he raced to a 5-under-par total.

Just as the Queenslander finished his 10th hole and climbed to within three shots of clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner, play was suspended due to bad weather at 4:43pm local time.

After a bogey at the 11th once play resumed, Day drained a 46-foot birdie at the par-3 13th to get his round two charge back on track and backed that up with another birdie on 14th.

He is alone in third at 6-under, a shot better than 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen (14 holes).

Day’s playing partners, world number one Dustin Johnson and 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson, sit at one-over and three-over respectively.

Earlier on Friday, American Kisner set the pace with a second consecutive 67 rocketing him to eight-under for the tournament.

World number three Hideki Matsuyama, fresh off his win at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone, fired a bogey-free round of 64 to join Kisner at the top.

Earlier, Adam Scott plummeted down the leaderboard.

After starting Friday well in the mix at even par, the Australian world number 17 slumped to a 76 to leave himself a whopping 13 shots off the pace.

Starting on the 10th hole, Scott’s horror round began with a double-bogey at the 11th and the 37-year-old dropped another two shots before making the turn.

After three more bogeys on his back nine, Scott rallied with two late birdies to salvage a 76.

Fellow Australian Scott Hend sits at 5-over the card through 11 holes, while Marc Leishman bounced back from his opening-round 75 with an even 71.

Cameron Smith (12 holes) has dropped to 11-over while fellow Queenslander Rod Pampling (13 holes) is struggling at 12-over.

Brisbane teaching pro Stuart Deane has blown out to 23-over after signing for 81 after his first-round 84.

AAP

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