Equipment malfunction


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jason Day was unable to hold onto the Masters lead on Saturday at Augusta National and for a good portion of the front nine his caddie had just as much trouble with the Australian’s bag.

Walking up the second fairway the strap on Day’s staff bag broke, leaving his caddie Col Swatton just one option – carry the 50-pound bag like a suitcase. Day, however, was not affected by the malfunction, birding the second and third hole to take the lead over playing companion Rory McIlroy.

“Jason turned around and asked, ‘What are you doing?’” Swatton said.“He was like, ‘Man that must be heavy, but I’ve got to keep going. I’m playing really good.’”

In the third fairway an official brought out two walking bags and instructed Swatton to switch bags, an option he considered too time consuming and ill advised.

“I told them 40 guys missed the cut (on Friday), go find a strap,” Swatton said.

Officials rounded up a strap and Swatton replaced the broken strap on the fifth tee box.