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Day is one behind the leaders heading into the final nine

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With ten top-20 Major finishes since the 2010 US PGA Championship, Jason Day is a regular punt for the golfing gamblers of the world.

Is it any wonder? He has an excellent record and is usually in the mix come the big Sunday showdown.

Due to wig-removing high winds on Saturday, the 2015 Open Championship will draw to a conclusion on a Monday for the first time since Seve Ballesteros's last Open win in 1988.

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Perhaps the 24-hour delay will change the fortunes of one of the best golfers never to have won a major.

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I like a wee bet now and then and 35/1 on the Aussie before he had even tee'd off has proven to be incredible value.

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I mean, Tiger Woods was the same price and, currently, he couldn't lace Day's spikes.

He is currently two under for the day, through eight holes and -14 for the tournament, one behind co-leader's Zach Johnson and Adam Scott

The fact that he is in the penultimate group may well help him; Day is a real "charge" player and any pressure he can put on the last pairing could have a huge say in who will lift the Claret Jug.

Challenge

Other than the pressures of winning his maiden major, the biggest challenge he will face today will undoubtedly be going toe-to-toe with pre-tournament (and still current) favourite Jordan Spieth.

The man who can do no wrong in 2015 is inching closer to being the first man since Ben Hogan to win the first three majors of the year and at -12, he is still in touching distance of the leaders.

His missed putt from 2 feet at the short ninth yesterday seemed to galvanise him; he went on the mother of all birdie blitzes on the tougher homeward nine.

If these two greats go out like it's a match-play tie, we could have some serious fireworks; it would be a bit of a surprise if the winner didn't come from this exciting pairing, despite the congested leader-board.

Day's day

I'm going for JD. I think it's his time, his moment to grab his deserved glory. At 36 times my money, I just hope my vested interest isn't clouding my judgement!

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