Day entered the week saying it was the most stressed he’s ever felt while playing the game. The pressures of being No. 1 and trying to remain No. 1, he contended, are the cause of the stress.
Friday began a little shaky for Day when he made bogey on the opening hole of the opening round at Oakmont. He made a double bogey on No. 7, followed with another bogey on the eighth hole and signed for a scraggly 76.
After a short break, Day was sputtering along in Round 2 in the afternoon but he made two late birdies to get his total score back to 5 over. He’s tied for 56th place and has three holes remaining Saturday when the round resumes at 7:15AM ET. Johnson completed his second round and leads at 4 under par with Andrew Landry, who has only played one round.
Day has done nothing particularly well through 33 holes. He’s missed 9 of 26 fairways and has missed 13 of 33 greens. He’s needed 54 putts so far.