‘Absolutely nothing right’: Downbeat Day a broken man after Masters shocker
The 2015 PGA Championship winner has worked hard to rebuild his swing over the past two years after a series of back injuries, while he hoped to contend this year at the Masters, where he has three top-five finishes.
But those dreams were dashed inside 18 nightmarish holes on Friday (AEST) which included seven bogeys and two birdies for a five-over 77 — eight shots back of clubhouse leaders Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.
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Day gutted after blowout2:01
Asked how he would assess his play, Day said: “Terrible.
“I mean, it’s just frustrating. I did absolutely nothing right today, which is unfortunate, so I’ve got to go back to the range, work on some stuff. Go to the putting green, work on that as well.”
He added: “I tell you what, it’s severely frustrating over the last year-and-a-half, two years.
“Sometimes I get discouraged out there but, it is what it is. I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to stay patient.”
Day was one-under through the first six holes but unravelled with three-consecutive bogeys before making the turn at two-over.
He said he then struggled reading the wind on the back-nine and continually compounded his errors.
Day hit 71 per cent of fairways but converted that into just 50 per cent of greens in regulation, while he hit 1.72 putts a hole compared to the field average of 1.67.
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“I got off to a good start through six holes, was playing pretty solid and then — I didn’t really get out of position, just (my) short game didn’t show up and then on top of it I didn’t hit the shots I needed to out there,” Day said.
The Australian said he would go back to the practice facilities and continue to work hard on his game, but admitted it’s been taking its.
“I’ve been working very, very hard on my game and I’ve got absolutely nothing out of it, so I’ve just got to keep working,” Day said.
“I’ve got three weeks off after this, I can take some time off and clear my head but that’s thoroughly frustrating today.”
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