13 Feb 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies fire at Pebble Beach Pro Am

by Martin Blake

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Jason Day has found some form on the Monterrey Peninsula this week. Photo: Getty

Four Australians have forced themselves into contention in the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am on the Monterrey Peninsula today, although the hot ticket is Jordan Spieth's continuing resurgence. Cam Percy, Jason Day, Matt Jones and Jason Day are all in the mix through two rounds of the event, held at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. Percy leads them all at seven under par inside the top 10, five shots behind Spieth's 12 under, after a 70 at the more difficult Spyglass Hill today. The 46-year-old Victorian is enjoying a good season -- with six cuts made in nine starts -- after a difficult period with injury. Day is a shot farther back at six under par while Jones and Senden are at five-under. PGA Tour debutant Min Woo Lee missed the cut after rounds of 76-73. Day's 69 at Spyglass today was a continuation of his improvement under new coach Chris Como, who is helping him change his swing to protect his chronic back. "At the end of last year, I thought, you know what, maybe, because the last two years have been really tough on my body," Day told the media today. "I honestly thought I was going to, I was hoping I was going to get to 35. The way that I've been feeling lately, the way that my body is feeling, the way that I'm moving, I'm moving a lot better, the stuff that I'm trying to work on my swing is helping my back out as well. "So it's, when I have an injured back I'm in the worst mood ever. And I feel very positive and I feel like things are moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time. So attitude is much better and I'm just happy to be out here playing golf." The former world No. 1, who has not won a tournament for more than two years, said the changes were taking time to bed down. "Well, it comes and goes, obviously. I'm trying to transition from some of the old stuff that I had been doing that was no good for me and then trying to do what he's trying to tell me to and then try to do that amongst playing, and you just, when I get out on the golf course I forget everything and just try and get the ball in the hole. "So I'm not very technical when it comes to being out on the golf course. I just try and get the ball in the hole. So it's going to take time. I feel like when it's on I hit it like I did last week and I hit it really good. So the last two days I didn't quite hit it as nice but two more days to go."

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