Jason Day nodded after stalling a birdie roll on his ninth hole at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, not out of disgust but rather to get rid of the excess moisture on his cap.
The day finally carded a 67 (minus-3), despite constant rain, on Friday, and he has a three-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Aiming for a first win in four years, the former No. 1 golfer finds himself at minus-10 after two rounds.
“It’s nice to be in the race, to be in the lead. However, there are still two days left, and I can’t look too far ahead,” Day said.
The rain did not stop very long during the afternoon, while the average score was 72.6, three more shots than Thursday.
Difficult conditions are also expected on Saturday and Sunday.
Day received advice from his playing partner Max Homa, his closest pursuer, after a round of 66.
Homa reported to Day that he missed a roll because he was disturbed by water falling from his cap on his right iron. So he handed his cap to his younger brother Joe Greiner and then took off.
Day decided to emulate him in his second nine.
Luke List (66), James Hahn (68), Kurt Kitayama (67), and Denny McCarthy (69) share third place at minus-6.
Four of the seven Canadians in contention qualified for the weekend rounds. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas scored 73 and is tied for 29th at minus-1.
Michael Gligic (69), Nick Taylor (73), and Corey Conners (71) barely resisted the cleaver by being tied for 50th at par.
Adam Svensson, Drew Nesbitt, and Roger Sloan were eliminated.
Ranking after the 2nd round (par 70):
1. Jason Day (AUS) -10 (63-67)
2. Max Homa (USA) -7 (67-66)
3. James Hahn (USA) -6 (66-68)
4. Kurt Kitayama (USA) -6 (67-67)
5. Luke List (USA) -6 (68-66)
6. Denny McCarthy (USA) -6 (65-69)
7. Keegan Bradley (USA) -5 (70-65)
8. Brian Harman (USA) -5 (69-66)
9. Chad Ramey (USA) -5 (69-66)
10. Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) -4 (68-68)
11. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) -4 (70-66)
12. Anirban Lahiri (IND) -4 (68-68)
13. Rory Sabbatini (SVK) -4 (67-69)