Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pga Notebook

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pga Notebook

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Shoeless Day saves par across creek

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jason Day removed his shoes and rolled his pants up over his knees to wade through a creek, just like a kid on a warm summer day.

Except he was in the final group at the PGA Championship.

Day at least kept in range of Rory McIlroy going into the final round with a birdie on the last hole at Valhalla for a 2-under 69. Equally important to his chances was an unlikely par he made on the second hole of the third round.

The 26-year-old Australian hooked his tee shot so far left that it cleared the creek and landed in knee-high vegetation.

The ball was found and the adventure began. He removed his shoes and waded across the creek into a swamp. He had his caddie, Colin Swatton, toss a wedge over the creek to him. He didn't bother asking for his shoes.

"I was too lazy to actually get my shoes thrown over," Day said. "I either hit it in my bare feet or put my shoes on and have to take my shoes off. I was like, 'We're going to be behind, way behind, so I may as well just hit it with no shoes on.'"

He blasted it out of the weeds and across the fairway into the rough, then hit wedge out to 8 feet and made the putt.

"It was a great 4 there," Day said. "A lucky 4."

If he didn't find the ball, he might not have been able to reach the green with his third shot. Three holes later, he was tied for the lead. It just didn't last.

FURYK FADES -- Jim Furyk was tied for the lead after a birdie on the fourth hole. He three-putted for bogey on No. 8. He bounced back with a birdie on No. 10. Twice he had birdie putts to tie for the lead on the back nine. He was right there.

And then he was gone.

On the lowest day of scoring in PGA Championship history, Furyk played the final eight holes in 2 over. Of all the players within five shots of Rory McIlroy going into Saturday, Furyk was the only one who didn't break par. He shot 72 and was six shots behind. …

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