Day makes solid start with new caddie
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.