The Australian, one of the game’s longest off the tee, was immediately impacted by the deep freeze that by some estimates knocked 15 percent off a player’s normal distances.
“I hit 2-iron [drive], 5-iron [approach] into No. 10; 2-iron, 4-iron into 11. Usually you are hitting 2-iron, 9-iron or wedge into 10; and kind of maybe 9-iron or 8-iron into 11,” Day figured.
By lunch time things had began to warm up, but for the early starters on Day 1 there was a distinct disadvantage having to weather the worst of the conditions.
“The 17th hole is playing about 210 [yards] and last week at Tampa I was hitting a 6-iron 210,” said Stewart Cink, who matched Day at 2 under. “Today I hit 3-iron on that hole and I still don't think I could have got it hole high. I missed the green in the bunker.
“It's a three-club difference when it is that cold and that windy and you got all these layers on.”