“I didn't hit it good. It was quite terrible,” he said, adding, “I've just been hitting it off the map.”
Although he sounded like a man headed home after missing the cut, Day was in fact going to play the final two rounds and was only five strokes off the lead when he completed his round. But that did little to brighten his mood on another gloomy day at Riviera Country Club.
Day hit just 4 of 14 fairways over the course of a disjointed second round and needed 25 putts on his way to his second-consecutive 70.
“I'm getting in my own way really,” Day said. “The harder shots are OK, but I'm missing greens from the middle of fairways with 9-irons and 7-irons and really you can't do that. With scoring clubs like that, you can't do that.”
Despite his displeasure with his ball-striking, Day will have two more rounds to improve his position, as well as a chance to remain world No. 1.
Dustin Johnson can overtake Day atop the ranking if he wins this week (he’s currently alone in third place) and the Australian finishes outside the top 3. Day is currently tied for 39th.