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Jason Day banishes doubts at US PGA but Rory McIlroy misses cut

• Day records second round of 65 and sits two shots off lead
• McIlroy’s hopes die but Henrik Stenson’s fine form continues

There were enough reasons to doubt whether Jason Day could win back-to-back US PGA Championships – namely a pre-tournament rush to hospital with his wife, a mild bout of illness for Day himself, the failure to play a single practice hole at Baltusrol before Wednesday and, in round two, the playing of his first seven holes in two over par. Day was drifting.

What followed was almost like cruelty from Day towards Rory McIlroy, his playing partner who was enduring such a turbulent time on the greens that he must have felt like snapping his putter over one knee. The world No1 recorded seven birdies in eight holes, signed for a 65 and is two off the nine-under-par lead with half this tournament played.

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