Four-way tie in US Open with Jason Day recovering well from vertigo
Jason Day battled vertigo to earn a four-way tie in the US Open, after collapsing on the second day. He shares the lead with US Masters winner Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and South African Branden Grace on four-under-par.
Day, 4/1 to win, was seven adrift on the front nine, though delighted the crowds on the second half of the course to tie for the lead.
“I felt pretty groggy on the front nine from all the drugs,” the 27-year-old said. “I flushed that out on the back nine. The vertigo came back on the 13th tee and I felt it come back again on the 16th tee. My goal was just to get through and see how it goes.”
Spieth, 19/10 to win, was fairly positive going into the final round, after admitting that there wasn’t much else he could have done better in the third round: “Four three-putts, two of them I could not do much about,” said the 21-year-old. “I just need to limit the mistakes on Sunday.”
Johnson, meanwhile, who has been consistent throughout, took three birdies in five holes, before a double bogey on hole 13 stopped him in his stride: “I’ve been in the situation a few times so I know how to handle myself,” said the 30-year-old, who is 14/5 to win the US Open. “I know what it takes to get it done.”
World number one Rory McIlroy, 125/1 to win, has insisted that he can still win the US Open, despite being four-over-par. Having won the US Open in 2011, the Northern Irishman fluffed seven birdie chances on the back nine, though is still confident going into the final day.
“I turned a 65 into a 70. I need something spectacular on Sunday. If I can play as well tee to green again and have one of my best ever putting rounds I have a chance.”