Ailing Day battles into tie for U.S. Open lead
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - Jason Day delivered one of the grittiest displays seen at a golf major as he fought his way into a tie for the third-round lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday, a day after collapsing on his final hole.
The Australian world number 10 had sent a shudder through the tournament on Friday when he succumbed to vertigo before he finished the second round, but 24 hours later he hung tough as he ground out a two-under-par 68 at a sun-baked Chambers Bay.
According to his caddie Col Swatton, Day considered quitting the tournament three times on the back nine on Saturday as his vertigo symptoms returned, yet remarkably he gritted his way through it all and made three birdies in his last four holes.
"The goal was just to go through today and see how it goes," a fatigued Day told a small group of reporters after finishing at four-under 206, before heading off for further medical treatment.
"I didn't feel that great coming out early ... I felt pretty groggy on the front nine just from the drugs that I had in my system, then kind of flushed that out on the back nine.
"But then ... the vertigo came back a little bit on the 13th tee box, and I felt nauseous all day. I started shaking on 16 tee box and then just tried to get it in, really. Just wanted to get it in."
On several occasions during the third round, Day looked extremely fatigued and he had to lean on his caddie's shoulder off the edge of the seventh green after making a par there.