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Day shoots under par in 'atrocious' conditions

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TROON, Scotland – Jason Day thought the conditions he played in for a half-hour on Friday were the worst he’s ever endured.

“By far,” he said. “For the little time span we had of that, that was pretty atrocious.”

And yet Day managed to shoot the best round of the afternoon, a 1-under 70 that put him inside the cut line and 11 shots back of leader Phil Mickelson heading into the weekend at The Open.

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The world No. 1 was in the heart of the back nine when the worst of the weather blew through, with 35-mph wind gusts. He aimed 60 yards left of the pin on the 14th hole, and he couldn’t reach the par-4 15th in two shots.

“It’s nice to be able to come into a day like this knowing that I need to play good golf, get on top of my game and shoot 70,” he said.