Day in sight of US Open win

By on June 16, 2013

Jason Day

Jason Day … three birdies has put the Aussie well in contention at Merion. Source: Darron Cummings / AFP

Aussie star Jason Day is the joint leader with Justin Rose as the US Open enters the final thrilling nine holes at Merion.

The 25-year-old has birdied the fourth, eighth and tenth holes to move in to a share of the lead with England’s Justin Rose.

A bogey on the fifth looked to have stopped Day’s charge but he recovered well and is now within reach of his first major.

Rose birdied six and seven and enjoyed sole ownership of the lead for a while before Day’s charge.

Meanwhile, US player Hunter Mahan parred the first five holes to remain at level par as those around him on the leaderboard struggled.

Overnight leader at one-under Phil Mickelson, hoping for a first US Open win after five runner-up finishes, fell back with a double-bogey five at the tough third.

He got one of those back at the fourth, but a poor drive led to a three-putt and a double bogey six at the next as he fell back to two over.

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa was tied for fifth at two over with Mickelson before he made a double bogey at the sixth to stumble back.

Luke Donald’s hopes took a nosedive with three straight bogeys from the third, while Steve Stricker was also struggling after driving out of bounds at the second for a triple-bogey eight.

Tiger Woods concluded his round as the leaders were heading out. He closed his tournament with a 74 for a 13-over total of 293, his worst 72-hole performance relative to par at the US Open since turning pro in 1996. | Golf

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