In one of the scariest moments in U.S. Open history, Jason Day collapsed at Chambers Bay on Friday. The tenth-ranked player in the world initially appeared to slip, but television replays showed that he more or less fainted.
Day finished the final hole of the second round and was later diagnosed with vertigo.
“Vertigo is serious,” Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “People in my family have had it, and it’s not something that you want to fool around with because you can’t even walk because you’re so dizzy. People in the press room have been talking about his guts and how he sucked it up and finished. That’s a great story today. That’s the great story. Do we want to talk about Tiger’s 16-over, or are we tired of that?”
Day shot an even-par 70 on Friday, completing 36 holes at 2-under 138. He is tied for ninth place entering Saturday, but it is unknown whether he will be able to compete.
Finishing your last hole with vertigo is one thing; playing an additional 36 is another thing altogether.
“There are doctors who say this kind of thing can go away overnight,” Horrow said. “People that I know have it, the next day they get up good as new – but not everybody and not all the time. There is no guarantee that he can play very well (Saturday). Get off a roller coaster, get off of one of those machines where you’re dizzy and can’t even walk and then try to hit a ball out of a U.S. Open sand trap with 1,000 people around you. Can you imagine? That was the most amazing, gutsy performance you’d ever seen. And obviously if he was three or four holes away from finishing, it would have been very difficult to do.”
And then, of course, there’s Woods, who followed a first-day 80 with a second-day 76 to miss the cut at a course that Horrow described as “Scotland on steroids.”
Have we ever seen Woods play this horrible? In a word, no.
“I haven’t seen Tiger Woods play this horribly,” Horrow said. “It pains people to watch him. He’s now going to become irrelevant because it’s almost insulting for him to continue to say that I’m working it out and I’m getting better. That’s the problem. He says he’s getting better and working out, it can’t be the case – because he’s not. He’s not working it out. These stories about he’s the best player on the planet – after a few rounds in the 80s, nobody’s going to want to say that anymore.”
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, are atop the leader board with 135s.
“He’s so unflappable,” Horrow said of Reed. “I see Reed and Spieth in the final pairing with a very interesting Father’s Day night. That’s an easy thing to say after 36 holes, but they’re both guys that can play well under pressure – and boy, there’s going to be pressure on Sunday.”