SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Jason Day didn’t blame his relatively slow start on Thursday at the PGA Championship on what turned out to be an abbreviated tune up for this week’s event.
In fact, he credited the extra rest for giving him the energy to post a 2-under 68 that was three strokes off the early lead held by Jimmy Walker.
“To be honest, by Thursday, if you practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you could be pretty tired with how hot it was,” Day said. “You can get pretty drained pretty quickly. I'm glad I took Monday, Tuesday off.”
Day traveled from last week’s RBC Canadian Open on Monday and played just a single practice round at Baltusrol on Wednesday after taking Tuesday off because he was feeling “a little bit under the weather.”
If Day had to point to a single issue on Thursday it was his putting, which included 33 putts and a strokes gained-putting average of minus 1.57.
“I haven't had the greatest putting display over the last three weeks that I've played. I think that shows a little bit in the results,” said Day, who added he needs to change his focus from trying to hole putts to his normal routine on each attempt.
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