By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas – Jason Day has played the par-4 18th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort nine times in his PGA TOUR career.
He has found the water down the left side of the hole four times, including Thursday’s first round.
He vows never to find it again.
“I’m going to hit it short of the water from now on,” Day said. “I don’t care of its blowing 100 (mph) I’m still going to hit it short. I really should be hitting a cut, especially with the left-to-right winds. But once again I hit a draw into the water. Frustrating.”
When Day won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, he found the water at the 18th in three of his four rounds. He stayed dry all of last year as he finished fifth in his title difference.
But he was back in the water on Thursday, and it cost him a double bogey. Day had been 5 under through 16 holes, but a bogey at 17 prior to the struggles at 18 left him at 2 under and a little steamed.
“Just two bad swings,” Day said. “That’s it. Little peeved right now. Trying not to say anything stupid.”
Still, Day knew once he cooled off, there were positives to be had about his round. Making just his eighth start of the year, his 68 was one of his better rounds of the season and it comes at a course that offers him good vibes … outside of its closing hole, of course.
“I think it’s very positive going into the next three days,” he said. “It’s not where I want to be, but it’s under par and headed in the right direction.”