Jason Day was back in the competition the night before the Masters after two exciting days with Phil Mickelson.
Unbeatable for 2-and-a-half years and battling lingering back and neck problems, Day shot a point under 68 on Friday at the Houston Open to pull second-round lead Sam Burns in a two-stroke round at Fantasy Park difficult concept.
The Australian saw 50-year-old Michelson hit the water twice on the way to score 8 on the ninth par-3, then conceded the eagle’s net in 18th par-4 from 193 yards. Lefty missed the opportunity, after opening the score 76 with 73.
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“He put himself in some pretty tough positions and you just struggled all day,” Day said. “It̵7;s one of those courses where you just need to be patient and try to get the bird when you can.”
Day there are three birds and a little bird.
“It’s one of those courses where you can get rid of your head shake even if you do some good golf,” Day said. “I chatted with Phil about that in the second hole today because he went out there and hit a nice 9 iron, pulled it short, rolled off the green and you’ve got a 60-foot athlete. up that hill. It’s one of those golf courses that can be a little frustrating at times, so be smart with it. “
Competition day 3 weeks ago in Las Vegas in the framework of CJ Cup when the problem of neck forced him to withdraw early in the last round. The 12-time PGA Tour winner returned next week at Sherwood for a 60th draw, and rested last week.
“It’s obviously very contradictory, because I’m trying to change my swing a bit just to try and help out later,” Day said. “I guess I’m currently stuck between stereotypes, what I want to feel, my body won’t process it and sometimes it just makes up elsewhere. That’s why it happened to my neck at CJ ”.
Burns hit all three par-5 holes in game 65 without bogeys to hit a 7 under. “
It takes a lot of discipline here, ”says Burns. “You are out of position, you just have to try to bring it back where you can take it up and down or put it in the part of the green where you could fall behind. Fortunately, we got good looks soon and I was able to transform, very firmly.
Unsurprisingly on the PGA Tour, 24-year-old Burns also spearheaded two shots over the weekend in the season’s opening Safeway Championship in September. He finished seventh that week at Silverado.
“I think let’s slow down a bit, actually talk through the footage with Travis (caddie Perkins) and make sure we have a clear picture of what we’re trying to do,” says Burns. “I think it was really helpful to learn that.”
Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz had 68 games against Day at the age of five.
The first round leader, Brandt Snedeker followed the opening 65 game with 71 to fall into fourth place draw at 4 below with Dawie van der Walt (66), Corey Conners (67), Aaron Wise (66) and Patton Kizzire (67).
“Today didn’t drive it as well as I did yesterday and that will put you behind the eighth ball here,” says Snedeker.
The runner-up Dustin Johnson opened 72 with 66 to go down 2 in the second leg after a positive coronavirus test left him out of the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship.
“It’s very solid today,” Johnson said. “I feel like I played quite well yesterday, just a little sketchy. … I swing it pretty well, just hit a few bad iron shots. But I think it’s just a matter of not believing in what I’m doing, it’s just not being out there. But today I did a lot better, hit a lot of nice shots and it felt like I managed the game very well, controlled well, hit many quality shots. “
The tournament – at the Public Memorial Park for the first time since 1963 – was the first domestic PGA Tour event to have fans since March. Tickets are limited to 2,000 per day.
Brooks Koepka was 2 years old after 70 during the course in which he was a renovation consultant of architect Tom Doak. Koepka played for the second time since two months after being sacked to heal from injury.
Jordan Spieth, playing with Koepka, missed his chance with rounds 73 and 71.