Lack of energy zaps Day


NORTON, Mass. – In January, Jason Day came down with a nasty sinus infection. More than eight months later that ailment has festered into a growing concern and may have cost the young Australian as many as two PGA Tour titles.

Last week at The Barclays Day began the final round tied for second place and struggled to a closing 71 to tie for fifth. It was a similar scenario last month at Whistling Straits when he was just four off the lead to begin the final turn but faded with a 74.

On Friday at TPC Boston, following a first-round 63 that left him tied with Zach Johnson for the lead, he didn’t want to make excuses but conceded that his waning energy levels as tournament’s progress have taken a toll.

“I’ve been trying to rest as much as possible early in the week and I am just trying to make it through (the playoffs),” said Day, who played only one practice round this week and hasn’t been practicing as much as he normally would. “As weeks go by, my body really starts to ache up. It took me a while to warm up today.”

Surgery was originally suggested to help alleviate the pressure on his sinuses, but last week Day visited a specialist in Dallas who thinks he might be suffering from mononucleosis.

Day, whose final-round scoring average (71.8) is nearly two strokes higher than his Day 1 average (69.9), plans to see another specialist in New York after the playoffs, but until then he is having to conserve his energy.

“In Akron (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) he seemed fine to start the round and then I felt like I had to hold him up coming off the golf course,” Day’s wife, Ellie, said.