“I wanted to make sure that I was more so rested than anything,” he said.
Day’s driving has been wayward in recent weeks, which he said has taken a toll mentally. The world No. 1 still managed a pair of top-15 finishes in the playoffs.
“I’ve been grinding it out over the last two weeks just to try and hit the fairways,” he said. “It’s a lot easier if you’re hitting it down the middle.”
This is Day’s third start in a row, which he said is usually his “threshold” and the point at which he begins making mental errors because of fatigue.
“If I play three weeks on the road,” he said, “I feel like I’m starting to pull my hair out and I don’t want to do that, especially at a crucial time like this."
With the Deutsche Bank Championship finishing on Monday, Day chose to rest Tuesday instead of learning the new course. The last time he only played one practice round at a tournament venue? A few weeks ago, at Baltusrol for the PGA. He finished second, one shot behind Jimmy Walker.
Day didn’t qualify for the BMW when the tournament was last held at Crooked Stick, in 2012.
At No. 2 in the FedEx Cup, Day will have a chance to capture the FedEx Cup with a win next week if he can remain inside the top 5 by the end of the BMW.