Day shakes off horror 79 on final day of RBC Heritage

(Crail, Scotland) World No. 1 Jason Day returned some respectability and fighting back from a horror 79 to shoot a closing round three under par 68 on the last day of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

The Aussie heads into a three-week break after a superb start to the new season capped with back-to-back victories in the WGC-Dell Match Play and the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then finished T10th in last Sunday’s closing Masters.

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“Yesterday was kind of an off day, but it’s nice to get a round under par,” said Day.

“So I am looking forward to a break now.”

“I’ve had three great rounds and just one really, really poor round that put me out of the tournament. I did a lot of great stuff this week, especially coming off the back end of a major and the back end off two wins.”

Day had shot 67-69 in his first two rounds at Harbour Town and shared the lead with Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell.

After his third round, Day said he tried to bring the right mental attitude into Sunday and not dwell on the problems.

But then game’s top-ranked player was not about to let the 79 — his worst round since an 81 in The Players Championship in 2015 — affect his demeanour with fans as was evident when he joked with a group in the stands at No. 15 when his second shot landed into the seats.

And then when a small boy asked Day for his autograph, the golfer replied, “You can have my glove. Thanks, buddy.”

For Day, the time off will focus on fitness and strength training. He said this stint — Day says he’s been away from his Columbus, Ohio, home for all but 10 days since Dec. 28 — has him out of sorts and leaning on bad habits that he hopes to correct. “I need some time to recover and rest up,” he said.