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Day survives, Chappell leads US PGA event

Associated Press Associated Press 3/09/2016

Australia's Jason Day has rallied from a perilous US PGA Tour playoff situation to make the cut for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Day's chances of playing beyond the second round took a massive hit when he made a quadruple bogey 8 on the fifth hole.

But the world No.1, who had to make a hasty exit from the tournament after the first round when his wife Ellie and their two children were involved in a car accident, managed to regain his composure to card an even-par 71 finish at one-under after 36 holes.

He sits in a tie for 62nd at TPC Boston, but only after making birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th holes.

Adam Scott is the best-placed Australian at four-under par after firing a 67 to be in a tie for 30th.

Marc Leishman is two shots behind Scott after a one-over par 72 while Aaron Baddeley finished at one-under par to be tied with Day.

Day and Baddeley are 10 strokes behind the leader Kevin Chappell who shot a seven-under par 64.

As Day's fortunes fluctuated, Chappell did just about everything right.

Even when making his lone bogey.

Chappell pitched in for eagle on No.7 and made a 35-foot birdie putt on the next hole.

Even better was the 15-foot bogey putt on the 13th hole, and his great escape from a bad shot when trying to lay up on the par-5 18th.

He was at 11-under 131, one shot ahead of PGA champion Jimmy Walker (64) and Paul Casey (66).

Phil Mickelson missed the cut for only the second time in a FedEx Cup playoff event, making a double bogey on his final hole for a 72.

The cut was at one-under 141 and also missing it was Bubba Watson.

Chappell already has three runner-up finish this summer, two of them to Day.

"The next 36 holes are going to seem like a long time for me but I feel comfortable in this situation and each time I get near the lead I feel more comfortable," the 30-year-old said.

"I feel like I've handled myself well in the situations I've been in this year and can really pull from that.

"At some point in the next 36 holes it's not going to go my way, and it's going to be about how I handle that."

Vijay Singh and Web Simpson were among 13 players who were at No.70 or lower in the FedEx Cup to miss the cut, ending their season.

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