Day falls short at Zurich, has eye on Players title


The Zurich Classic of New Orleans took five days to complete three rounds, but Jason Day was ready to keep playing.

“I'd stay here until the weekend if we could play 72 holes,” he said Monday after finishing tied for fifth.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes following multiple weather suspensions over the course of four days in Avondale, La. Day started play on Monday three shots off the lead, with 10 holes to complete. The world No. 1 crept to within one stroke after a birdie at No. 13, but stalled coming in. He posted a closing 6-under 66 to finish two strokes removed from a playoff.

Day complimented his driving and iron play at TPC Louisiana, saying he made a setup adjustment following his previous start at the RBC Heritage, where he was in contention until a third-round 79.

“I found out that my alignment was a little bit off,” Day said. “My clubface at address was too far open, causing me to get a little bit underneath and hit it out to the right.”

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The on-again, off-again nature of this week’s event left Day drained. He said he’ll take a couple of days to recuperate and then get back to practice in preparation for next week’s Players Championship.

“I've just got to keep working hard, stick to the process, and same old boring stuff that comes out of my mouth every single week. But it's very cliché, but it is very true. I'm just trying to get better each and every week. That's how I have to deal with being the best player in the world right now," Day said.

"I need to make sure that I'm prepped and ready coming into The Players, because I need to stay sharp. I need to hit drivers and irons like I did this week and improve the short game, and if I can do that, I definitely feel like I have a shot at winning that tournament."