Ill Day ties career best with 62 at Monterey

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Jason Day made up for a slow start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, firing a 62 in the second round to move into contention and tie a personal best.

The Aussie won last week in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he was slow out of the gates Thursday with an even-par 72 at Pebble Beach, a round that included a pair of double bogeys. He more than made up for that in his trip around Monterey Peninsula, carding eight birdies and an eagle against just one bogey on the par-71 layout.

Day's score was even more impressive considering the fact that he was apparently battling a stomach bug for the entire day, as noted by wife Ellie after the round:

 

 

After finding only nine of 18 greens in regulation during his opening round, Day hit 16 greens Friday. At 9 under, he trails co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Matt Jones by three shots heading into his third round at Spyglass Hill.

Day’s 62 is the lowest score so far this week along the California coast, and it was one shot off the Monterey Peninsula course record, set by Charlie Wi with a 61 in 2012. It matches the career-best number Day put up in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month en route to a T-3 finish, and he boasts a 68.2 stroke average in competitive rounds thus far in 2015. Should he win this week, Day would supplant Henrik Stenson at No. 2 in the world rankings behind only Rory McIlroy.