Patient Day proves practice overrated

Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:33pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Jason Day, playing after just one day of practice at Baltusrol, kept it simple in Thursday's first round of the PGA Championship, hitting fairways and greens and sinking enough putts to join the hunt.

World number one and defending champion Day, who found 17 greens in regulation, shot a two-under-par 68 and said the time away from the course might have been a blessing.

"If you practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you could be pretty tired with how hot it was," the 28-year-old Australian told reporters.

"It was in the mid to high 90s (35 Celsius). You can get pretty drained pretty quickly."

Day's time away was not exactly serene.

The Australian, who had planned to take Monday off to rest following the Canadian Open, caught a bug from his kids and then on Tuesday had to take his wife to hospital after she suffered an allergic reaction.

"I'm glad I took Monday, Tuesday off, even though I'm a little bit under the weather," said Day, who sneezed his way through another hot day at Baltusrol.

"It was kind of a blessing really to come out yesterday, play 18 holes real quick and then get out of here."   Continued...

Jul 28, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Jason Day hits out of a sand trap while Rory McIlroy watches on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports