Jason Day has held his nerve during a painstaking second round of the British Open to further bolster Australia’s high hopes at St Andrews.
Day rebounded from successive bogeys between two suspensions of play to grab a second-round 71 on Saturday to join Adam Scott (67) at seven-under for the championship.
The star duo are in a six-way tie for fourth spot, trailing American halfway leader Dustin Johnson by just three shots entering the final two rounds.
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Extreme winds forced a 10-and-a-half-hour stoppage on Saturday following a three-hour rain delay on Friday.
The hold-up has forced Royal & Ancient officials to make the momentous decision to finish the Open on a Monday for only the second time in more than a century.
But Day, Scott and a host of other Australians won’t mind as they look to make a run at the Claret Jug.
Geoff Ogilvy (68) and Steven Bowditch (69) are five-under and right in the mix, with Matt Jones (73) and Greg Chalmers (72) at three-under and not out of it sitting seven shots adrift of the lead.