OAKMONT, Pa. – Jason Day made one of the biggest moves Saturday at the U.S. Open. Perhaps even more important was that he finished.
The world No. 1 matched the low round of the day with a 4-under 66 in the third round at Oakmont. When play was suspended at 8:49 p.m. ET, he was only six shots back of Shane Lowry, who still had four holes to play.
By completing his third round, however, Day will be able to sleep for a few extra hours and go through his normal routine before the final round, which is expected to begin in the mid-afternoon.
The rest of the leaders will be back in position at 7 a.m. Sunday.
“That really does help a lot,” Day said.
Day was 10 shots behind following an opening 76, when he felt “cloudy” and struggled to make club selections. A 69 in the second round allowed him to make the cut, and he came to life Saturday afternoon with an outward 31. He made eagle on the par-5 fourth (his 13th of the day), but gave back a shot on the seventh, when his drive trickled into the thick rough and he was unable to get up anddown for par.
Now, Day wants firm, fast and fiery conditions for the final round, hoping that his experience is a big advantage against a cast of major-less contenders.
“Hopefully, at the end of the day, I’m under par somewhere,” he said, “and that definitely gives me a shot.”