Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Day Facing Hot Duel with Woods of Old

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Day Facing Hot Duel with Woods of Old

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GOLF: Now that the niceties are over, the gloves are off and Jason Day is eyeing an afternoon duel in the sun tomorrow with Tiger Woods at the Australian Open.

Such an enticing final-day ratings winner is very much on the cards after Woods surged into the outright lead with a vintage second round and his young playing partner tagged along to sit just two shots behind the American superstar at the halfway mark.

Woods' birdied-filled five-under-par 67 left the American superstar at nine-under for the championship, one ahead of veteran Lakes club member Peter O'Malley (66), with Day (68) alone in third spot.

Day, who turns 24 today, pined for almost a decade to spar with Woods and his childhood inspiration didn't disappoint during their first 36 holes together on Thursday and yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]He is playing great,C[yen] said Australia's world No.7.

C[pounds sterling]He has a lot of momentum going into the next two days. It was a lot of fun to play with my hero.

C[pounds sterling]I have been dreaming about playing with Tiger for a long, long time. I finally got the chance and I am glad I played well too.C[yen]

While Woods wowed the masses with seven birdies, including five during his first nine holes, the 14-times major winner admitted he also kept a keen eye on Day, who closed with impressive back-to-back birdies himself.

C[pounds sterling]Man, he hits it solid,C[pounds sterling] Woods gushed. C[pounds sterling]I had only seen him hit balls on the range. I had never played with him. He hits the ball really flush.

C[pounds sterling]He moves it a little from right to left. He's got some serious speed too.

C[pounds sterling]What people don't realise is how good a putter he is. He rolls it great. He has a wonderful stroke.

C[pounds sterling]It was tough conditions the last couple of days and he handled them well. He was very patient out there.C[yen]

Day said his experiences finishing runner-up at two majors this year Co the Masters and then the US Open Co would ensure there'd be no nerves if he had the chance to go head-to-head with the long-time former No. …

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