By Evin Priest

They say you can never write off a champion – even when they start a US Open with a 6-over par 76.

And so it was for world No.1 Jason Day, who fired a brilliant  third round 66 to get four strokes back on the field and post a 54-hole score of 1-over par.

Day rattled off four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 fourth, but dropped shots at the third and seventh. But more importantly, the 28-year-old got his third round in before play was suspended.

Though the 2015 US PGA Champion had no severe medical dramas this year, his fightback after a disaster first round is reminiscent of his battle with vertigo at the US Open last year.

While Day sits six back of leader Shane Lowry at 5-under, who was called off his 15th hole with a two-shot buffer over unknown American Andrew Landry  (playing his 14th hole), Adam Scott would be disappointed with his third round and was 2-over par through 17 before play was suspended.

The only other Aussies to have made the cut were Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, who are 5-over and 7-over respectively.