Day one back in title defense, waits for final round


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Marathon Sundays are nothing new to PGA Tour players, but Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship will bring a new experience for Jason Day.

Instead of a quick turnaround after signing his card, the world No. 1 will have nearly four hours until his final-round tee time, at 3:07 p.m. ET. He is one shot back of Jimmy Walker as he attempts to win his second major.

Day said he plans to shower, eat lunch with his family, change into a different outfit and watch the coverage before beginning to game-plan how he and caddie Colin Swatton will attack a rain-softened Baltusrol.

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“It’s a plus,” he said. “I can relax. Usually when we are playing 36 holes one day, we get 30 minutes or 20 minutes and we’re off again, so we don’t really get much of a rest and we’re straight off.”

Because the PGA of America opted not to re-pair groups after the third round in an attempt to finish before nightfall Sunday, Day will remain in the same penultimate pairing with Emiliano Grillo, who shot 73 and dropped out of the top 10.

“At the end of the day,” Day said, “if I go out there and play well, great. If that means I get beat, that’s not what I wanted, but someone’s obviously played better than me. I’m just going to give it 100 percent regardless of what happens today.”