Jason Day arrived at Royal Birkdale later than he planned, and the excuse he gave reporters pointed fingers at the President of the Unites States.
Normally, Day would arrive a week early to prepare for a major championship and get to know the course he’s going to play. This time around, he only showed up the Monday before due to some delayed flights thanks to Trump.
“I had three weeks off before this, so I could have got in early,” he said. “I was supposed to come in on Sunday. And I was flying through JFK, and President Trump was there and there was a bunch of delays. So I just decided to move my flight back a little bit later.”
OK, so it wasn’t that much later but he lost a few days of crucial practice. Trump was in New Jersey for the Women’s U.S. Open and was traveling back to Washington at the time. This isn’t the first time a President has caused Day delays with travel.
“President Obama held me up one time flying out of Palm Springs. So I understand. It is what it is. So it was massive delays.”
“I usually get in Thursday or Friday and play a couple of practice rounds. I did it this year at Augusta and I was just truly knackered by (the start on) Thursday.”
By the time Day made it onto the course, he ended up playing in different conditions than will be played the rest of the tournament, or at least Thursday.
“I played in a southeast wind, which is a totally different wind to what we normally get here. And I think everything is kind of switching for tomorrow’s round. So it’s going to be kind of a new golf course for me tomorrow. But regardless, I’m looking forward to trying to get back into the winner’s circle this year.”
It seems as though a lot of the top players this week, like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, are just trying to make it to the weekend. They all missed the cut at the U.S. Open, and they’re definitely hoping for better results at the original Open.
Thankfully for Day, he has an incredible outside source watching him play and giving him pointers along the way. None other than Tiger Woods gave the Aussie some advice after his U.S. Open score of 79.
“I had a chat to him. It was more about my putting stroke. So obviously it’s great to have a set of eyes like Tiger’s, especially who’s one of the best clutch putters of all time, to be able to kind of see on TV what you’re doing wrong. So just trying to tidy up a little bit and hopefully I putt a little better this week.”
Who knows, Tiger’s advice towards his putting could have been exactly what Jason Day needed to amp up his game and get in contention. He could be the one kissing the Claret Jug on Sunday.