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Day healthy, shares 54-hole lead in NJ

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PARAMUS, N.J. – It’s been a frustrating year for Jason Day, but he could be on the verge of erasing some of those frustrations.

Just three weeks removed from withdrawing at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of vertigo – which followed a lingering thumb injury – Day is tied for The Barclays lead alongside Jim Furyk with one round left to play.

“Oh, it feels great,” he said after a third-round 68. “Obviously the hard work that I've put in since the WGC, just to be able to get the all‑clear to go out there and not let the thumb injury kind of hinder what you're trying to do in practice. At the end of the day when you have an injury and it's slowly not going away, you kind of play little games in your head. 

“You're thinking, ‘OK, when will I be back fully healthy? When can I practice again? Will I ever play the game again?” 

Not only is Day playing, he’s playing very well so far. He can see through the negatives of an injury-plagued season and note the positives of being fresh this time of year.

“Since it's been a stop-start year, to be able to work hard and get yourself into contention, maybe to even win the FedEx Cup at the end of the playoffs would obviously cap off a great year. This is only my 12th start of the year. There's still a lot of good golf ahead of me this year.”