Jason Day has made it through the opening two rounds of the WGC Accenture Match Play, but he has played 40 holes of golf to do so.
Day took 18 holes to sneak past his opening round opponent Thorbjorn Olesen yesterday, and today needed 22 holes to edge out American Billy Horschel.
Day looked set for an early flight out of Phoenix rounding the turn three holes down thanks to some great birdies from his American opponent. But a three-putt from Horschel at the 10th gave Day some hope and despite several trips into the desert off the tee, Day fought his way to what at one stage seemed like an unexpected victory.
“Doesn’t matter how you get it done,” Day said. “Find a way to win.”
Day is the lone Australian left in the WGC event after Marc Leishman was bundled out of the tournament by Sergio Garcia in round one. Day now faces George Coetzee in the third round.
All of the top-seed’s in the four match play brackets have been eliminated already, with Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy bundled out this morning.
Round three matches
Harris English (USA) v Jim Furyk (USA)
Sergio Garcia (ESP) v Rickie Fowler (USA)
Hunter Mahan (USA) v Graeme McDowell (NIre)
Victor Dubuisson (Fra) v Bubba Watson (USA)
Louis Oosthuizen (SA) v Webb Simpson (USA)
Jason Day (Aus) v George Coetzee (SA)
Ernie Els (SA) v Jason Dufner (USA)
Matt Kuchar (USA) v Jordan Spieth (USA)