With a 2-over-par 73, he saw his red-hot run of 22 consecutive rounds at par or better end. If he’s going to rev the engines back up Monday to make a run at winning for the fourth time in his last five starts, he’ll need a Herculean effort. He’s nine shots off the lead.
Sunday marked the first time Day has posted a round over par since the final round of the U.S. Open almost three months ago.
“A little flat,” Day said. “There’s no excuse for poor playing. I just wish I had a little more energy.”
Day is playing his fourth event in five weeks. That might not seem like a lot, but he has been playing that run under the pressure of being in contention. He confessed he’s looking forward to a break in the FedEx Cup Playoffs with an off week next week.
“People don't realize that it doesn’t stop, especially from the PGA Championship and through that next week off,” Day said of the commitments that surround a winning streak that includes a major. “I had no time to sleep. And then on top of it going and winning the next week. So it was just kind of nonstop. And it's kind of been like that the whole summer. This coming week is going to be good for me. I'll just try and get as much rest as possible.”
Day’s round got away from him early with a double bogey at No. 4, the drivable par-4. After leaving his drive short, he thumped a pitch over the green, then chunked a chip, barely advancing it 2 feet. His putter wasn’t helping him all day, either. He took 34 putts and didn’t make one over 5 feet.
“No matter what I did, if I hit a good drive, I hit a poor second shot into the green and left myself a long putt,” Day said. “If I hit a nice shot into the green, I left myself a good opportunity for birdie, and I missed the putt. I couldn't get any momentum. It's unfortunate, but sometimes it happens like that. But tomorrow is another day. I'll get rested up and try to come in and shoot the lights out tomorrow.”