SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY | Jason Day may be many things when he tees off in the PGA Championship on Thursday morning at Baltusrol Golf Club but over-prepared won’t be one of them.
Day played Baltusrol for the first time Wednesday, squeezing in a serious prep session after staying away from the course Monday and Tuesday.
“I’m going to try and go out there and digest it all, and if that helps, great,” Day said. “I really have to go out there and try to find a game plan that works for me and making sure that on the tough holes, I feel comfortable, and the easy holes, I can take advantage of. And if I can do that, hopefully I’m there by Sunday.”
Day hosted the PGA Champions dinner Tuesday night at Baltusrol, an annual gathering at which past champions share stories and a couple of hours together.
When Day returned to his motor home, his wife Ellie was dealing with an allergic reaction that required medical attention.
“I was always going to take Monday off,” Day said. “(Son) Dash and (daughter) Lucy are sick right now, and kind of Dash passed that on to me a little bit.
“Like, I’m OK. I’m fine. I’m just a little bit under the weather. (Wife) Ellie had an allergic reaction last night and had to go to the hospital. We were there until 2 o’clock or something like that. So I’m kind of running on E right now.
“She’s fine. Everything was great. I had to call the paramedics over. She was kind of freaking out in the back of the bus, which is understandable, because she got all red. I’ve been in that situation before when I first ate seafood. That’s why I don’t eat seafood anymore. I started swelling up and I looked like Hitch on that movie (laughter).
“I was kind of calm about it, and she’s like freaking out in the back on the bus, and she’s like, ‘Call 911, call 911.’ So I’m trying to look for Benadryl, and we didn’t have any, so we ended up calling 911 and the paramedics came and they looked after her which is great. She’s fine now. We got a little bit of loss of sleep but we’re fine.”
Given his uncommon run-up to this PGA Championship, Day said he will attempt to adjust his expectations.
“With the limited practice and limited prep that I’ve had this week, I’m not coming into this week expecting a lot,” he said. “I mean, obviously I’m expecting to win, but like I’m not really going, all right, you need to go out and force things straightaway.
“I’ve got to really try and manage my patience out there, because I have very little patience right now. Just for some reason, every time I get a little bit under the weather, I’ve got zero patience. I’ve got to try and manage that the best I can.”