Day pleased with Sunday comeback, Ogilvy bails out
(Glen Oaks, Old Westbury, NY:) Jason Day produced a timely return to form three months after singling out the last occasion he played as well as he did at the Northern Trust – the opening event of the FedEx Cup Series.
After his only bogey at the third hole, Day birdied four holes in a five-hole stretch from the ninth, including three in succession from the 11th, en route to a three-under par 67 and a share of sixth place at five under.
Jason Day (Credit: USGA)
The effort was Day’s best finish since he was runner-up in May at the AT&T Byron Nelson while the effort on New York’s Long Island is only his fourth top-10 in 17 events this PGA Tour season.
Day is projected to jump 19th places to 30th on the FedExCup Play-Offs points table and the assurance, should he remain inside the top-30, of qualifying for the September 21st commencing Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“The last time I played as good as this was when I played the Byron as I scrambled my way around a little bit, as in like just kind of I scored well,” he said.
“I just got it around. This from kind of everything in a mix, from driver, all the way down to the short game, was pretty solid. I only had one bad nine, and that was Friday.”
“So once again, if I can not do the silly things out there and just try and not be so aggressive, because I find that I’m very aggressive out there when I do make mental errors.”
“Today was a perfect example of I didn’t get off to a great start, bogeyed the par 5, and wasn’t quite mentally there but I just kind of holed some good momentum putts going forward, and that got my day going.”
Day had described his Friday affair of going out in 40 and coming home in 31 as a Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde showing but he regrouped on day three in posting a 68 ahead of leaving his lowest scoring effort for Sunday.
And in looking at Day’s scorecard over the four days he was four over for the outward nine with just four birdies but also with four bogeys and two doubles.
In comparison, Day contested the inward half of the Glen Oaks course in nine-under with 10 birdies and a lone bogey.
“What impressed me most about the week was my fight back on Friday afternoon because it was easily enough where you could just go, ‘Ohhh, it’s happening again, just kind of coasted in, you know what I mean, and I’m off to Ohio for at least another five, seven days’,” he said.
“But to be able to come back, and I’m hoping it stays the position I’m at right now, but I don’t think it will because it is playing quite easy coming in. Saying that, I think it was good to come back on Friday.”
And while Day’s season now continues next week in Boston, Geoff Ogilvy will not play again until at least the October 9th starting CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.
Ogilvy had looked on the verge of possibly qualifying for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship until his finish of bogey, birdie and a 72nd hole double-bogey when he found the water with his drive, and then managed to hole a 27-footer for ’6′ from the back of the green.
He ends his season, after the heroics of last week’s Wyndham Championship, 108th on the money list.
“That’s me, I’m going home and no more golf for a while,” he said.
“I shot the lowest score I could shoot for 72 holes but it just was not low enough”.
As an International Team Vice-Captain, Ogilvy will return to New York on September 25th in preparation for the Presidents Cup and while excited in helping the Internationals in hopefully winning for only a second occasion, it will be a strange occasion for the proud Australian.
When was the last occasion he went to a golf tournament without his golf bag?