IRVING, Tex. — There's no question 2012 has been a frustrating year for Jason Day. After posting second-place finishes last year at the Masters and U.S. Open, the 24-year-old Aussie carried some incredibly high expectations into the season.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, had him pegged to not only contend at the majors this year, but potentially pick up his first. This was supposed to be his year. But through the first five months of the season, it's been anything but.
Following a strong start that saw him post three top-20 finishes in his first four starts, Day's season came unraveled at the Masters, where he was forced to withdraw during the second round with an ankle injury.
The injury was a blow to early part of Day's season, but it appears as if it might be nothing more than a bump in the road. After a 3-under 67 on Saturday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Day could potentially wipe away all of the early season frustration on Sunday afternoon on the course where he picked up his only PGA Tour win in 2010.
With the winds wreaking havoc on the TPC Four Seasons course, Day remained steady, carding four birdies on a day when a number of contenders were blown away.
"I feel like my game suits this course," Day said, "and with the tough conditions normally, it's pretty windy, as everyone knows around here, and I feel like I'm a pretty good wind player."
Day will need to bring the same game plan to the course tomorrow. With conditions expected to be similar to Saturday's third round, the tournament will most likely come down to the guy who can weather the storm and keep the bogeys to a minimum.
"I feel like I'm in a good spot for tomorrow right now and I just got to try and relax tonight, get my head away from golf and come in and play tomorrow."
If he can stick to that game plan, we may be talking about the Aussie as a two-time Nelson champion and U.S. Open contender on Sunday evening.