Day's struggles continue on TPC Boston's back nine


Jason Day has one career stroke-play win on the PGA Tour (2010 Byron Nelson). (Getty)

NORTON, Mass. – Cruising along atop the leaderboard late Sunday afternoon at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Jason Day hit a familiar bump in the road.

The Australian bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 to drop into a tie for third place two strokes out of the lead held by Russell Henley. For the week, Day is 12 under par on TPC Boston’s front nine but 2 over on the closing loop.

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“The front nine suits my eye,” said Day, who carded a 69 on Sunday. “The back nine you have to pay a little more respect. On Tour the harder holes are toward the end. That said, (Nos.) 16, 17 and 18 (at TPC Boston) you can shoot up the board. I need to play 18 a little better.”

Day is even par on the par-5 closing hole, which ranks as the second easiest this week, and his late troubles dovetail with his play this season. His front-nine scoring average for the season (34.97) is considerably better than his closing nine average (35.59).