LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS | How good is Jason Day on the golf course right now?
Even he can’t explain it.
“I’m just playing golf,” Day said with mock frustration after being unable to put into words the feeling and confidence that has possessed him since mid-summer.
It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Golf is not effortless but Day is making it look that way.
It should be eye-popping that Day was 10-under par through 17 holes Thursday but it’s not.
That’s how good he’s been.
He holed a 77-yard fairway bunker shot for an eagle on the par-4 first hole (his 10th) and after seeing playing companion Jordan Spieth ace the par-3 second, Day rolled in another birdie putt to start his second nine 3 under through two holes.
It seems the only thing capable of slowing Day down is the weather. A late-afternoon thunderstorm forced a suspension of the first round at Conway Farms with Day already 10-under par and with the chance to shoot 59 if he can hole a 44-yard wedge shot on the ninth hole (his 18th) when play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
As Day and Spieth were walking to their second shots on the ninth hole, moments before the horn sounded ending play, Spieth predicted to Day that the Australian was going to hole the wedge shot to shoot just the seventh 59 in PGA Tour history.
Day didn’t realize he had the chance. He thought Conway Farms was a par-72 only because he hadn’t given much thought to anything more than how much fun he’s having playing golf right now.
You know the story. He missed a playoff at the Open Championship by a stroke, won the RBC Canadian Open, won the PGA Championship, won the Barclays and tied for 12th in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Now he’s four clear of the field at Conway Farms after one rain-shortened day.
Is Day actually getting better?
He believes the new TaylorMade M1 driver he put into play this week has made him longer off the tee, if that’s possible. He averaged 334 yards off the tee Thursday and said he feels as if he’s in “a honeymoon period” with his new club.
It’s dreamy for sure.