Day comes too close to an unwanted birdie

It doesn’t happen often but we saw Jason Day get close to hitting the type of birdie he didn’t really want during the recent Bay Hill Invitational.

The former World No.1 went astray with his driver at the 497-yard par-5 16th hole (his 7th) but then no-one saw it actually land.

As the TV cameras tried desperately to find their mark, it was Day who eventually spotted the offending ball sitting in a bird’s nest high up in a tree.

The next problem was to confirm that it was his ball. The Queenslander tried a pair of binoculars and then a TV cameraman tried his best before one of the on-course photographers pulled out his telephoto lens and Day was able to see that it was indeed his ball.

He took his medicine – a one-shot penalty and a drop two-club lengths from the offending tree. Although he wasn’t out of the woods just yet, after his second shot flew across the fairway and into the rough.

His next shot missed the green and another three shots from the collar saw him finish the easiest hole on the course with a double-bogey.

“[I was] a little unfortunate that it got stuck up, it was literally in a nest, so I think the mama birdie’s going to come back and find another egg there, so it’s unfortunate, but it is what it is,” said Day, who closed the day with an even-par 72.