Australia’s Jason Day, chasing his first US PGA victory since 2018, fired an eight-below par 62 despite a sore relieve to retract a one-stroke lead Friday on the Vacationers Championship.
The previous world #1, who final obtained three years prior to now at Quail Hole, fired eight birdies in a bogey-free round to face on 131 after 36 holes at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Day modified into as soon as one stroke earlier than two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and first-round co-leader Kramer Hickok with England’s Justin Rose and South Korean Lee Kyoung-hoon in a pack on 133.
“Physique is OK. True stiff,” Day acknowledged. “Any time going left modified into as soon as a puny bit sore. I have not had time to in actual fact leisure it since I roughly put it out.”
Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, uncared for three consecutive cuts earlier than sharing 44th on the PGA Championship then withdrew from the Memorial with a relieve hurt earlier this month.
“Having a pair weeks off modified into as soon as gargantuan, nonetheless you factual need a puny bit more time is what it’s,” Day acknowledged.
Abet-nine starter Day birdied the par-3 11th and par-5 13th from within five feet and holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to launch a bound of three in a row.
Day dropped his attain inches from the cup on the fourth for a faucet-in birdie then rolled in a 36-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fifth and added every other from 14 feet on the seventh earlier than sinking a 10-foot par build putt on the eighth.
“Regularly will believe to you attain believe form of an hurt or stiffness, even while you are in unhappy health, on occasion probabilities are you’ll well come out and play some correct golf,” Day acknowledged.
“I modified into as soon as fortunate ample to no longer no doubt fetch in my get attain this day. Hit various correct quality drives and my tee to green modified into as soon as heavenly tough, I believed. Then holed various mandatory putts available in the market so that’s what kept every little thing rolling.”
Watson shot 66 despite snapping his crimson driver, which snapped apart one day of his swing on the 2d tee.
“My driver head popped off,” Watson acknowledged. “It be the shaft factual above the hosel. It be cracked, broke, whatever you ought to name it.
“I always believe a relieve up. They introduced me the relieve up two holes later and I played with that the leisure of the day.”
Watson, who obtained green jackets at Augusta Nationwide in 2012 and 2014, began on the relieve nine and sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th gap and each other on the par-4 2d.
Watson then charged with three birdies in a row, making putts within five feet on the par-3 fifth and par-5 sixth earlier than rolling in a 50-foot birdie putt on the seventh, nonetheless uncared for a three-foot par putt on the ninth for his lone bogey.
“Did now not read it factual,” Watson acknowledged. “Even supposing it modified into as soon as rapid, it nonetheless has circulation ample to miss the outlet savor it did.”
Watson’s 12 US PGA titles consist of three wins on the Vacationers, in conjunction with his first tour title in 2010, every other in 2015 and his most modern US PGA victory in 2018. The first two came in playoffs.
Main ratings after Friday’s 2d round of the US PGA Vacationers
Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut (par-70,
USA except mighty):
131 – Jason Day (AUS) 69-62
132 – Bubba Watson 66-66, Kramer Hickok 63-69
– Russell Henley 67-66, Kevin Kisner 70-63, Seamus Vitality (IRL) 66-67,
Justin Rose (ENG) 70-63, Lee Kyoung-hoon (KOR) 69-64, Brice Garnett
65-68, Troy Merritt 68-65
134 – Mark Hubbard 69-65, Ryan Armour
70-64, Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-66, Doug Ghim 68-66, Tom Lewis 67-67,
Scottie Scheffler 69-65, Patrick Cantlay 68-66, Talor Gooch 64-70, Guido
Migliozzi (ITA) 69-65
135 – Brian Stuard 69-66, Doc Redman 69-66,
Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 63-72, Charley Hoffman 72-63, Maverick McNealy
65-70, Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 70-65, Cameron Smith (AUS) 67-68, Marc
Leishman (AUS) 69-66, Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 68-67, Stewart Cink 68-67,
Bryson DeChambeau 69-66, Patrick Reed 69-66, Kevin Chappell 68-67,
Harris English 67-68, Beau Hossler 65-70.