Day on horrendous 79: 'It happens'


Jason Day's short-form explanation for his out-of-the-blue, 8-over 79 on Saturday at Harbour Town?

"It happens."

After sharing the 36-hole lead, Day was looking forward to putting some, uh, daylight between himself and the field. Instead, the world No. 1 got steamrolled.

"I knew something was up when my ball on the third hole hit a tree and bounced 80 yards right into the hazard," Day told reporters. "And then from there just got a couple of bad breaks. And then kind of the head wasn't quite there after that. And it's really tough to fight that. It happens. Obviously I can't do anything about it now, I've just got to improve on it tomorrow and see how it goes."

Day made two birdies, eight bogeys - including six on the back - and a double bogey. He said his main concern was not affecting playing partner Kevin Chappell.

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"I really wanted to stay out of Kevin's way," Day said. "I know that he really wants to win a tournament. He's had two second-place finishes already this year.

And my bad play, I just felt like it may have affected him. And I just wanted to make sure I got out of the way. I'm just trying to get the score as best I can. And unfortunately it was a 79.

Chappell seemed unaffected on the front nine, making the turn in 1-under 35. But on the back he made two bogeys and two double bogeys, coming home in 40-75.

Chappell seemed to be affected more by a terrible lie in a bunker on No. 15 that led to a double bogey than he was by Day's play.

Day stands at 2 over, nine shots out of the lead. "Just got to come out and try to shoot low, something low, at least, and give myself opportunities," he said of his game plan for Sunday. "I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots. And unfortunately I just kept missing it in the wrong spots and not getting up and down. My chipping and putting was nonexistent today and that's why I shot 79."