Australian Jason Day, chasing his first PGA title in the United States in four years, took a three-time lead after the rain-soaked second round of the Wells Fargo championship on Friday.
Day fired a three-under par 67 to stay on 10-under 130 for 36 holes as more than half an inch of rain fell Friday at TPC Potomac in Avenel with more rain expected all weekend.
The 34-year-old Australian made five birdies against two bogeys finishing three in front of American Max Homa, who shot 66. Americans Luke List, Kurt Kitayama, Denny McCarthy and James Hahn shared third place with 134.
“It’s nice to be able to go under 10 for two rounds, especially with the kind of weather we have over the weekend,” Day said.
“It’s good to be back in the game, good to be in the lead. There are still two days to go, so I can’t anticipate myself too much. “
The Washington suburban course is hosting a PGA event for the first time since 2018 as a one-off because Quail Hollow, Wells Fargo’s regular course in Charlotte, will host the Presidents Cup in September.
Day, in 127th place, could win the title on the first Mother’s Day since her mother, Adenil Day, died of cancer in March at the age of 65.
“I’ve lost some momentum with my mother’s death and all those things,” Day said. “Finally finding my foot again is beautiful.”
Day, the 2015 PGA championship winner who has been plagued with back issues for years, seeks his 12th PGA title in the United States and his first since Wells Fargo 2018.
“All the work I’ve done during the off-season, the weeks off, is starting to show itself,” Day said. “I’m finding a lot of confidence in that swing.”
Back-nine starter Day sank a seven-foot birdie putt at par-3 12th, a 10-foot birdie putt at 18, back-to-back birdie at par-5 second and par-3 third, and an 11-foot birdie putt eighth par-4 on the soggy layout.
“When you have conditions like this, it’s really hard to commit to a shot because you’re going there and you’re doing it a lot faster than your normal pre-shot routine,” Day said.
Four-time senior winner and defending champion Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 67, fired a 73 to cut the number to the par 140 level.
Joel Dahmen, US 10th hole holder, who drove briefly after an eagle at the par-4 14, had five bogeys and a triple bogeyman in the last 10 holes to shoot 75 and was nine behind on 139.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia was avenged by complaining of a turnover penalty Thursday after the PGA said Friday that a review found that the three-minute clock found his ball started too early, as Garcia was trying to cross. a stream in the area where the ball landed.
A statement states that his ball was found within the correct time limit.
That didn’t cancel the one-stroke penalty, however, and didn’t ease reactions to Garcia’s frustrated comments that seemed to indicate he was planning to drop the PGA Tour for rival circuit LIV Golf, which debuts next month in London.
“I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said Thursday. “I can’t wait to get out of here.
“Just another couple of weeks before I won’t have to deal with you anymore.”
Garcia, who hasn’t spoken to reporters after either round, fired on Friday with a 71 to stay on 138.