Jason Day’s putting woes have bugged him so badly at the US Open he’s decided to avoid the practice green.
Trying to make a run at runaway leader Martin Kaymer, Day battled to a two-over 74 to sit 11 off the pace.
At one stage Day reached the par five 10th in two but putted off the green into a bunker.
He was far from alone in his struggles on the slick, baked Pinehurst No.2 greens, but the world No.7 missed several birdie chances he’d usually have made with his eyes closed prior to his lengthy injury lay off.
One of the best putters on tour over the last few years, he’s dipped well below his usual standard since returning from a thumb injury at the Masters.
“It should have been so much better than what it was today,” Day said.
“I left four very makeable birdies out there.”
Had he made the four chances he would hold a share of sixth place and have a chance to mount a challenge on Sunday.
Now the best he can likely hope for is his seventh major championship top-10 finish.
“I don’t know what was going on and right now I just don’t have the greatest confidence with the putter,” he said.
“I am just trying to forget about it and not even practice because I did some practice last night and I putted worse, so I am not even going to bother touching it.
“I think I was stressing over it and it led to soft mistakes.”