Jasons Day is Done
Australian Jason Day believes his challenge to win The 145th Open at Royal Troon is nearly over.
The World No. 1 raced to the turn in four under par 32 but then gave all four shots back coming home to finish the third round on one over par 214 and well adrift of the leaders.
“This morning I thought that if I could get to four or five under for the day then it might give me an opportunity for tomorrow,” said the current US PGA champion.
“I felt I needed to attack because that’s what you have to do when you find yourself so far back.”
His plan seemed to be working when he birdied the 2nd, 4th 7th and 9th but he lost his momentum with a bogey on the 10th and further dropped shots on the 12th, 15th and 18th left him ruing what might have been.
“I played great,” he said. “I could easily have been six or seven under par on the front side but I haven’t had a birdie on the back side all week and that’s why I’m not in the tournament right now.
“I had four bogeys on the back side today and you don’t deserve to win if you’re playing that sort of golf. Now I’ve got to look forward to tomorrow’s round and try to improve on the back side and get a little bit of a better taste going back home.
“The greens at the Canadian Open next week are going to feel like Oakmont,” added the 28-year-old from Queensland. “There’s only one week all year when we putt on greens this slow but obviously it’s understandable with how much wind you get over here.
“I think they were 9.11 (on the Stimpmeter) yesterday and 9.5 today so it’s not overly slow but I just could get used to them.”
Day’s worst shot of the day came at the 12th where he shanked a short iron after hitting his tee shot into the left rough.
“I shanked a shot at the 8th hole at Augusta,” he recalled. “It was a flop shot there. Everyone talks about it but it’s not that bad. We’ve got three layers on. We’re dealing with wind and hitting it out of the rough. It would have been nice to actually hit it straight because I think I would have made a par but that’s what happens sometimes.”