LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — This has been a frustrating year for Jason Day.
The PGA Championship is changing his outlook.
After withdrawing last week at Firestone because of vertigo, Day shot a 6-under 65 on Friday that matched the best round of the PGA Championship and left him one stroke behind Rory McIlroy.
Given some of the problems the 26-year-old Australian has endured, he wasn't expecting to go that low.
"I'm a little surprised that it's kind of turned around so quick," Day said.
Day initially injured his left thumb while winning the Match Play Championship in February, and the persistent pain forced him to cut back his schedule. He played sparingly through the spring and summer, also developing a nasty hook that forced him to put in extra time on the practice range. He missed the cut at the Quicken Loans Nationals, tied for 58th at the British Open, and had to drop out at Firestone because of equilibrium problem.
His doctor determined the vertigo was caused by medication he was taking for his thumb and a persistent throat condition. After resting up for a couple of days, the problem faded away and he was able to take part in the final major of the year.
Now, Day is right in the mix for his first major title heading to the weekend, playing in the final group Saturday with McIlroy after posting a 36-hole total of 8-under 134.
"I'm excited," Day said. "You can't not be excited to be in or around the lead in a major championship. Obviously, they are the hardest tournaments to win. But I'm looking forward to it."