JASON Day has let slip an opportunity to make his mark on the leaderboard but is well in the mix midway through the second round of the Tour Championship, while Marc Leishman is battling in his quest for a stunning $11.575 million payday.
Australian world No.6 Day started hot but a botched back nine meant he signed for a three-under-par 67 at the 30-man FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta. He currently sits three shots back of the lead but with leader Webb Simpson at seven-under with five holes to play on day two, the former US Open winner could get further out in front.
Simpson leads Patrick Reed (65) and Justin Rose (66) by one shot, with the pair in the clubhouse at six under, joined by Gary Woodland and Paul Casey, who are playing the back nine.
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Earlier, 29-year-old Day bagged three birdies in his opening nine holes and another immediately after making the turn to come within a shot of the lead. But a series of errant tee shots were the root cause of three bogeys on the trot starting at the par-4 12th.
“I’ve got to stop making these silly errors. It’s really frustrating because I get really good momentum through the first part of my round. The competition that we have, you just can’t give out easy ones,” said Day after his round.
The Queenslander righted the ship with two late birdies to give himself a chance at moving up the leaderboard in Saturday’s third round.
Fellow Australian Leishman dropped a shot with a 71 to sit two-over the card and will need a massive weekend in order to utilise his top five seeding.
Leishman cruised to victory at last week’s BMW Championship and earned a spot in the top five, meaning the 33-year-old is guaranteed the $US10 million FedEx Cup bonus with a victory at the Tour Championship, which has a winner’s cheque of $1.575 million.
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