LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The bye week came at a perfect time for Jason Day.
The hottest player on the planet said he was “running on fumes” at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he was coming off consecutive victories and had a chance to move to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career.
With his swing still grooved, he managed a 12th-place finish in Boston, but he was frustrated by a number of uncharacteristic mental errors that he attributed to fatigue.
After the second playoff event, Day shelved his clubs for four days and resumed practicing over the weekend.
“It was a good break for us,” he said Tuesday.
There is plenty to play for this week at the BMW Championship, even though Day has already locked up a top-five spot at East Lake.
Player of the year is still up for grabs, though it’ll likely take some spectacular play over the next two weeks to steal some votes.
There’s also the (second) chance to rise to world No. 1, which he can accomplish by posting a top-two finish at Conway Farms and then getting some help from Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
And then there’s the FedEx Cup, which Day leads with only two volatile tournaments remaining.
“I feel refreshed,” he said. “I feel good. I know that I just have to suck it up for the next two weeks and just go out and play as hard as I can.”