UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Jason Day summed up his opening day at the 115th U.S. Open with a knowing smile, “That bloody 15th hole ...”
There was no need for the Australian to elaborate after his tee shot dropped short and into a terrible lie in the bunker guarding the front of the green.
Day needed two attempts to get out of the bunker and made a double bogey-5, but he was still in the hunt for his first major championship following a 2-under 68 that, all things considered, was reason to be optimistic.
“I’ll take anything under par and I just have to keep myself in it,” said Day, who is tied for seventh place and three shots off the lead.
Day said the key at any U.S. Open, particularly this championship and Chambers Bay, is staying patient and not letting bad bounces impact your game, pointing out he rebounded with a birdie at the 16th hole.
“There's a lot of guys that have come into this day already frustrated at the course, not only how long it can be and how tough it can be, but you can get some good breaks and bad breaks,” he said.” It's just how it goes. And the game plan is going to stay the same.”