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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 152
F OR a sport in which athletes rely on supreme balance, coordination and timing, Day’s violent vertigo is as close to Kryptonite as debilitating conditions get. Watching him collapse multiple times and then hobble his way through his second, third and final rounds at Chambers Bay – at times barely able to tee up his ball or pick it up out of the cup – was both excruciating and perversely gripping to watch. Yes, he somehow produced wizardry – multiple times – to grasp a share of the lead for the first time after three rounds of a major. But no one truly expected that he could do it all again for five hours on Sunday. He couldn’t. The human body can only drag itself to the well so many times. Yet the only person not offering excuses for Day’s eventual final-round fadeout was the man himself. While every other player and pundit was still hurling the words “brave” and “courageous” around after he not only managed to finish the tournament but held onto a top 10 result, the Queenslander was lamenting the shots he let slide on the back nine while still in a position to attack then-leader Dustin Johnson. There was relief, yes, that he’d completed the tournament at all, but illness or no illness, ninth is still ninth. “I think I hit 13 greens and just didn’t capitalise on the stuff that I had. It’s unfortunate because I felt like I gave myself enough opportunities,” the 27-year-old said. “If you don’t hole those, it doesn’t go your way.” “I’m just glad I got it in on the weekend.” “(The vertigo was) not bad, considering. I started feeling a lot better after the 12th hole.” A shame, then, that “after the 12th hole” was the exact moment that Day’s chances finally unraveled for good. For a sport in which athletes rely on supreme balance... Day’s violent vertigo is as close to Kryptonite as debilitating conditions get.
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