With trying season over, Day has time to heal


ATLANTA – Jason Day closed the most trying season of his career on Sunday at the Tour Championship with a mixture of hopeful optimism and relief.

The talented Australian, who began his year with a victory at the WGC-Match Play Championship in February but was sidelined by a thumb injury for three months and slowed in the playoffs by an ailing back, was torn between his solid play and his periodic trips to the sideline.

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“You know, it's been kind of a whirlwind kind of a year with how things have gone,” said Day, who closed with a 69 to tie for fourth at East Lake. “To be able to get some time off, really try and get some rehab on my back, on my thumb and try and move it in the right direction takes a lot of stress off my shoulders.”

The good news is he finally has the time to address his assorted injuries without the pressure of feeling compelled to play, either in a major or for a FedEx Cup crown.

“I can't ask for anything else, other than having a healthy body next year so I can actually do the work that I need to do to prepare myself better for tournaments,” he said.