Day in the hunt at Canadian Open

FP – Jason Day is nicely poised at the halfway mark of the US PGA Tour’s Canadian Open, four shots behind leader Chad Campbell.

The Australian, coming off a share of fourth place at the British Open at St Andrews, was alone in fifth place at 10-under after a second-round 66 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario on Friday.

The world No.10 highlighted his round with an eagle at the par-five 18th on top of seven birdies.

“I’m driving it great,” Day said. “I’d like to tune up the iron shots, but overall I’m hitting it good.

“Biggest thing for me is still trying to get as much rest as possible, especially coming off last week so that I can stay mentally sharp.”

Of the other Australians, Cameron Percy (67) is at five-under while teenage amateur Ryan Ruffels followed up his red-hot 66 with a three-over 75 to sit at three-under overall.

Aaron Baddeley (72), Matt Jones (73) and Mark Hensby (78) all missed the cut a day after Robert Allenby’s bizarre withdrawal after he sacked his caddie mid-round on his way to a first-round 81.

Campbell fired nine birdies in a nine-under 63 to hold a two-stroke lead.

The American, in search of a fifth career title and his first since 2007, had a 36-hole total of 14-under and sits clear of compatriot Brian Harman, who carded a 67 to be 12-under.

“Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, which nine birdies — I’m definitely happy with it,” said Campbell, whose round was one stroke shy of the Glen Abbey record when played at par-72 – posted by Greg Norman in 1986 and John Merrick in 2013.

Campbell birdied all four of the course’s par-fives. Although he has hit just 14 of 28 greens in regulation in the first two rounds, he needed only 25 putts on Thursday and 24 on Friday.

Canada’s David Hearn fired a 64 to share third place on 11-under with American Johnson Wagner (66).

If he can pull off the victory in his home open Hearn would become the second Canadian to win on tour this season, after Nick Taylor’s triumph in Jackson, Mississippi, back in November.

The last Canadian to win the Canadian Open was Pat Fletcher in 1954.

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