Day makes solid start with new cad­die

Shepparton News - - SPORT -

Ja­son Day has deemed his first hit-out with a new cad­die a suc­cess af­ter start­ing the BMW Cham­pi­onship in fine style. On tour­na­ment eve, world No.9 Day parted in­def­i­nitely with long-time cad­die Colin Swat­ton and placed close mate Luke Rear­don on the bag for the penul­ti­mate event of the $US67 mil­lion FedEx Cup play-offs se­ries. Day, 29, seem­ingly clicked with Rear­don, whom he met at high school in Queens­land, fir­ing a sev­e­nun­der-par 64 to sit in a tie for sec­ond and two shots back from leader and fel­low Aus­tralian Marc Leish­man. ‘‘It was a good step in the right di­rec­tion; seven un­der is a great start,’’ Day said. Day, who had Swat­ton on the bag for all 10 PGA Tour wins, in­clud­ing a break­through ma­jor at the 2015 US PGA Cham­pi­onship, said Rear­don per­formed ad­mirably. ‘‘Not hav­ing Colin on the bag was dif­fer­ent and I didn’t know how I was go­ing to play, but I think Luke did a fan­tas­tic job out there,’’ Day said. Day’s de­ci­sion came as a sur­prise given he and Swat­ton teamed up to tie for ninth at the US PGA Cham­pi­onship in Au­gust, his first top-10 at the ma­jors this year, be­fore a share of sixth at the North­ern Trust and a top-25 at TPC Bos­ton two weeks ago. Ranked 28th in the FedEx Cup stand­ings, Day needs a top-30 fin­ish to ad­vance to the 30-man Tour Cham­pi­onship fi­nale in At­lanta.

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