KAPALUA, Hawaii – Many times, a 15-under-par total would be good enough to contend. This week, Jason Day was pleased with that score because it was his first tournament in three months, but the total was nowhere near good enough to contend with Jordan Spieth.
“I’m not too disappointed about it,” he said after shooting a final-round 65 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It was his best score of the week by four shots at Kapalua.
Day wasn’t sharp, but it was clear that better golf is not far away. He missed several greens from the fairway with a wedge in his hand, his putting was not particularly strong and he was only 9 under on the fairly easy par 5s this week that many of the top players demolished.
“Having soft bogeys, that’s the kind of stuff that holds you back,” he said. “So I made a lot of silly errors out there and I gave away a lot of easy birdies out there this week.”
Day’s next appearance will be in three weeks at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he won in 2015.