Jason Day carded the highest score of his career during the third round of the RBC Heritage this past week. His 8-over 79 could be by product of a stressful schedule for the current World No. 1.
Jason Day: 8-over 79, the worst weekend round of his PGA Tour career. Day entered round as co-leader at 6-under, now tied for 40th
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“I was very tired Sunday night,” Day, who finished T10 at Augusta, said before last week’s RBC Heritage about how he felt following the final round of the Masters. “Usually, if I’m in contention at the tournament, I don’t sleep at all … I get about two hours of sleep because I’m so amped from what’s going on that day.”
Add insomnia to list of things that ail Jason Day. On top of vertigo, which we saw during the U.S. Open take its toll, Day can’t sleep and has a bad back. Although any signs of a bad back we saw, during the opening rounds of Match Play, were demolished by the fact that he came back to win the tournament.
Day said in the beginning of the season that he wanted to take more time off this year to be with his family, but that’s hard when the field is filled with competitive players just waiting to take your spot at the top. But Day is human and he needs some time off, which is exactly what he is going to do.
“I’ve been on the road since December 28th, I’ve only had 10 days at home,” he said. “I’m not making any excuses for not being home. But I just need to get some time home and kind of recover and rest up.”
Being home though doesn’t mean he’s going to let everything go. Day said he will definitely be hitting the gym while he’s not in tournaments, trying to gain back the 11 pounds he lost during his time playing. He is trying to live up to mentor Tiger Woods’ advice about playing consistently if he hoped to become a dominant competitor.
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“I want to make sure I keep that level of play up. The only way to do that is make sure that I’m working hard off weeks when I’m not playing golf tournaments.”
If Day misses Quail Hollow next week, he will only have 5 more tournaments to tee it up at before the U.S. Open in June, including the Players Championship.
Hopefully he gets the rest he needs to put in the work he needs to keep his title.