Friday, March 18, 2016

Jason Day shoots 65, opens up big lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Jason Day is on fire at Bay Hill.

The world No. 3 backed up an opening 6-under 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a Friday 65 that has him well in command.

Day went bogey-free on Friday, a day after blitzing Bay Hill's back nine in 31 strokes to jump into a one-shot lead over five players. He capped off his round with a 35-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-4 ninth, which he double-bogeyed on Thursday.

At 13-under 131, Day is certainly in position for his best-ever finish in this event. Then again, in five prior appearances, Day's best effort was a T-17.

If Day continues at this torid pace, then the tournament scoring record should be in Day's sights. In 1973, Buddy Allin won this event at 23-under 265 by eight shots over Charles Coody.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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