HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA | Sometimes golf is just hard.
Even for the No. 1 player in the world.
Jason Day entered the third round of the RBC Heritage with a share of the lead and shot a wind-blown 79 Saturday, his highest score on the PGA Tour since a second-round 81 at the Players Championship last year.
“It’s tough. It’s obviously not the way I wanted to play,” Day said.
Day said he sensed something was up when his tee shot on the par-4 third hole caromed off a tree and into a water hazard that isn’t considered in play because it’s so far from the fairway. A couple of bad breaks followed and “the head wasn’t quite there after that,” Day said.
Playing with Kevin Chappell who is chasing his first Tour win, Day said his focus became staying out of Chappell’s way. Ultimately, the difficult conditions caught up to Chappell who double-bogeyed two of the last four holes to fall out of the top 10.
“I just wanted to make sure I got out of the way,” Day said. “I’m just trying to get the score as best I can. And unfortunately it was a 79.”