AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jason Day opened the Masters with rounds of 72-73, his second-worst start at the year’s first major, but it wasn’t his game the Australian was flummoxed by on Friday.
“It’s not easy at all,” Day said after a difficult day.
After going out in 31 but stumbling home in 41 on Thursday, Day appeared to rebound with three birdies early on Day 2 to move to 2 under par.
His closing nine issues continued, however, with bogeys at Nos. 11, 13 and 18. After the round, it wasn’t his ball-striking or his putting that has been the problem as much as it’s been swirling winds that gusted up to 25 mph on Friday.
“I'm sitting there on No. 12, this is how easy it is. Ernie [Els] gets up there and hits a little baby pitching wedge. [Matt] Kuchar hits a really small 9‑iron,” Day said. “I'm sitting there with a pitching wedge, and I hit it longer than those guys, and the wind switches back into me and I'm like, I got to hit this thing hard now.”
Day made par on the 12th hole, but the challenging conditions proved to be a difficult riddle for the world No. 1 to solve. At 1 over par, he was tied for 19th place after his round and six strokes out of the lead.
“I think that they're saying that it's going to get tougher and if that is true, then we'll see how it goes at the end of that,” Day said. “I think that the scores will come back, because it's a tough old day.”