Jason Day making ground at PGA Riviera-NewsCO

February 17, 2017

World No.1 Jason Day has attempted to make a move up the leaderboard midway through a drenched second round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

After a weather-interrupted Thursday, the Australian was forced to finish the remaining two holes of his first round on Friday morning but bagged a birdie to sign for a one-under-par 70.

The 29-year-old Day immediately teed off in his second round, braving heavy rain to pick up two shots during his opening nine holes to climb to three-under.

Playing the back nine, Day is currently five shots off the pace set by Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas at.

Cameron Percy was the leading Australian after opening with a 66 but has dropped back to four under, while Day, John Senden (one-over) and Geoff Ogilvy (two-over) are midway through their second round.

Other Australians yet to tee off are Marc Leishman (four-under), Adam Scott (three-under), Cameron Smith (two-under), Aaron Baddeley (one-under), Greg Chalmers (one-over) and Steven Bowditch (seven-over).

Day”s No.1 ranking is under threat from world No.3 Dustin Johnson and No.5 Hideki Matsuyama. Either could reach the top of the world rankings for the first time this week.

US Open champion Johnson – who is lurking dangerously at five-under – needs to win the Genesis Open and for Day to finish worse than a three-way tie for third to claim top spot at Riviera Country Club.

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