Day getting over cold, gets hot in Rd. 2 for 65


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Much has been made of Jason Day’s rash of health issues leading into big tournaments this year.

He says his cold is not an excuse this week.

“Guys have won on worse,” he said Friday at the PGA. “Tiger (Woods) at the U.S. Open (2008) with a broken leg. I’ve got a cold. It’s not the same. I’ll be fine for the weekend.”

Day said in his pre-tournament news conference Wednesday that he was feeling “under the weather” and “running on ‘E’” after taking wife Ellie to the emergency room Tuesday night after she had an allergic reaction. He played just one practice round at Baltusrol, on Wednesday afternoon.

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The limited preparation hasn’t seemed to affect him. 

Day shot 68 Thursday, then caught fire in the middle of his second round, making seven birdies in an eight-hole span to shoot 65. That included pars on the last two holes, the only par 5s on the course.

At 7-under 133, two shots behind, Day will play in the penultimate group Saturday with Emiliano Grillo.

Asked afterward how he was feeling, Day said he was “slowly getting better and better as the week goes on.”

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I sweated it out over the last couple of days. If we could have some nice, hot weather over the last few days,that would be great.”