ATLANTA – In his first round as the world’s top-ranked player, Jason Day certainly looked the part early Thursday at the Tour Championship.
The Australian birdied his first three holes to charge up the leaderboard and seemed to pick up where he left off last week at the BMW Championship, which he won by six strokes for his fourth victory in his last six starts.
That’s when things went sideways.
Day’s drive sailed right and out of bounds at the par-4 fifth hole and he took a triple bogey-7 to drop back to even par.
“I wish I could say that I was a machine and I can hit it straight down the gut every single time, 315 yards. But unfortunately, as humans we’re going to make some errors,” said Day, who rebounded with birdies at Nos. 8 and 15 to finish at 1-under 69.
It was Day’s 27th under-par round in his last 29 attempts and left him tied for 11th place and six strokes off the lead held by Henrik Stenson in his quest to win the FedEx Cup.
“To make a triple was pretty disappointing, but it’s early on in the tournament, so I can’t dwell on that,” he said.