AVONDALE, La. – That Saturday 79 to bomb out of the lead at Hilton Head?
Even Jason Day said it was a “shocking round.”
It was the world No. 1’s worst score in 11 months, but he could sense that a big number was brewing.
“The process that I go through each pre-shot routine wasn’t as mentally sharp as it has been at the start of the year,” he said Tuesday at the Zurich Classic. “I was thinking about other things rather than going through my normal process.”
Tied for the lead going into the weekend at the Heritage, Day said he was mentally fatigued, had a terrible attitude and was “switched off a little bit more than I had been the previous round.” Bad habits had crept into his game, and with a busy schedule – five consecutive weeks on the road – he didn’t have time to iron them out before he got to the course.
A week back home in Akron, Ohio, was just what Day, one of only two multiple winners this season, needed to get back on track.
“I’m very pleased with where I’m at mentally and physically,” he said.
Day typically doesn’t like to spend more than two weeks in a row on the road without a break. With the condensed schedule around the U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship, he said he is skipping next month's Byron Nelson Championship – site of his first Tour victory, in 2010 – to make sure that he doesn’t burn out.