UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – A day after collapsing while playing his final hole at the U.S. Open and being diagnosed with benign positional vertigo, Jason Day charged into a share of the lead with a third-round 68.
Day wasn’t sure he was going to play Saturday at Chambers Bay but his caddie, Colin Swatton, said the Australian had a good warm-up before his round and the two slowed down their pace in Round 3 to conserve energy and ward off the vertigo.
Throughout the day, Swatton said Day struggled with the condition, which has been an issue since 2010 and caused him to withdraw from last month’s AT&T Byron Nelson and last year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“Four was a really tough hole for him, as soon as we started going up the hill. And No. 7 he really felt the pinch, and once we got to [No.] 8 I told him, ‘It’s all downhill from here,’” Swatton said. “At No. 4 I told him, ‘You’ve got the heart of a lion.’ And he put his head down and started walking.”
Swatton asked if Day wanted him to mark his ball for him on the greens, and “he game me a look like, why did you even ask me that?” he said.
Day – who is tied with Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and Jordan Spieth at 4 under – won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year in a playoff and finished runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open but is still looking to win his first major.