It’s been 5 years, and now the drought is over for Jason Day.
McKinney, Texas – It looked like the JDay of old at TPC Craig Ranch, he was red hot on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, firing a 9-under 62 to finish at 23 under par and win by one at the same tournament where he picked up his first PGA Tour victory 13 years ago. Day started his round with a pair of pars before running off 3 straight birdies on holes 3 thru 5. Then he birdied the ninth to turn in 4-under 32. The “birdie train” continued on the inward side at holes 10, 12, 14, 15 and 18, where the 35 year old Australian capped off the stellar performance.
“I don’t know how to explain it,” Day said. “I came into the week after missing last week’s cut, and I was kind of fed up with having to go over like a lot of technical thoughts with my swing. So I just decided I’m just going to go out and just try and play some golf.”
“I was very close to calling it quits,” Day said of his thoughts during his struggles. “I never told my wife that, but I was OK with it just because it was a very stressful part of my life.
“Ellie (Jason’s wife), she never gave up on me trying to get back to the winner’s circle again. She just always was pushing me to try and get better.
“Yeah, I don’t know. It feels strange to be sitting here. I don’t know how else to explain it.”
The win was his 13th PGA Tour victory and first since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.
Si Woo Kim (63) and Austin Eckroat (65) finished tied for second at 22 under par.