ATLANTA – Jason Day admits he would have rather had an extra week off to rest his back, which he injured at the BMW Championship, but considering his start at the Tour Championship he probably won’t get any sympathy from the rest of the field.
Day recovered from a bogey at the first hole, finishing his round mistake-free for a 3-under 67 and a share of fourth place, just a shot off the lead.
“Every now and then, it hurt on a drive,” Day said. “Some of the drives out there today hurt, just at the top of the transition. Once you go forward with the hips and crunches down, and it just hurts a bit.”
The world No. 1 struggled off the tee on Day 1, hitting just 5 of 14 fairways, but otherwise managed his way around East Lake in his quest to win the FedEx Cup for the first time.
Last week, Day said he had a magnetic resonance imaging test that showed he has an annulus ligament tear. Although he said he wasn’t 100 percent at East Lake, at No. 4 on the FedEx Cup points list he wanted to try and finish the season strong.
“I've got to suck it up and play the best golf we can because after this week, I can rest,” he said.