All you need to know about Jason Day is that he followed up his much-anticipated PGA Tour breakthrough on Sunday in Texas with some pointed self-analysis, a quiet dinner with friends and an early wake-up call for an 11 a.m. workout on Monday.
It’s not that the 22-year-old Aussie wasn’t excited to score his first Tour triumph at the Byron Nelson Championship, it’s just that his bogey at the last hole, the byproduct of a miss-played approach shot into a water hazard, was not the finish he’d envisioned.
“I have to admit it wasn’t pretty at the end but we got it done,” said Col Swatton, Day’s longtime caddie and swing coach. “He’d thought he’d lost it right there. He was pretty upset he didn’t finish it off properly.”
Swatton, however, was more impressed with what Day did correct at TPC Four Seasons Resort. For the week he was first in putts and putts per green in regulation, a far cry from his season putting average (108th on Tour).
Day – who moved to 23rd on the FedEx Cup points list, three spots shy of a U.S. Open invitation – used an old putter that he dug out of Swatton’s office during the Verizon Heritage. It was a Taylor Made prototype he’d tried and discarded last year.
“He’d struggled with his putting all year. We’d used seven different putters,” Swatton said. “He took a weakness and turned it into a strength.”
As for Day’s victory celebration it was about what one would expect from the hyper-focused Aussie who now turns his attention to this week’s Colonial – dinner with 25 or 30 friends at a Fort Worth-area P.F. Chang’s.
“He drank water all night. Everybody else is drinking campaign and beer,” Swatton laughed.