Jason Day's escapade leads to a par

Jason DayAP Photo/Mike Groll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jason Day went to great lengths -- and in bare feet -- to stay in contention Saturday.

Playing in the same group as 36-hole leader Rory McIlroy, 26-year-old Day pulled his tee shot well left on the par-4 second hole. It was so far off line that he was on the far side of the creek that runs down that entire side of the hole.

Day, who was a shot off the lead at the time, sent out the search party in the knee-high rough.

First, Day had his caddie, Colin Swatton, go across the creek to locate the ball. Swatton took off his shoes and socks, then rolled up his pants. After Swatton made it safely to the other side, the ball was eventually found.

So Day also got down to his bare feet to make the trek through the water. Once there, he realized neither he nor Swatton had any clubs, so the caddie returned to retrieve one.

Swatton tossed it across to Day, who caught it, then proceeded to hit a screamer -- again, in bare feet -- across the fairway into the right rough.

Day had a smile on his face as he toweled off once back on the proper side of the hole.

From there, the Aussie chipped up and made the 12-foot par putt; all the while McIlroy sat and watched as he made a 4 of his own.