‘ Crazy’ Day crashes out

Quadru­ple bo­gey mad­ness kills off Aussie star’s PGA hopes

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JIM TUCKER

JA­SON Day flushed away his shot at a sec­ond US PGA Cham­pi­onship with an ugly quadru­ple bo­gey eight af­ter a “crazy” gam­ble which con­founded golf great Nick Faldo.

Fit­tingly, the Aussie needed to take a drop near a row of por­ta­ble toi­lets af­ter his punt with a one- in- a- hun­dred shot back­fired dis­as­trously.

Day is al­ways mes­meris­ing view­ing but he sim­ply stuffed up on the tough 18th hole yes­ter­day at the end of a men­tally drain­ing five- hour round at the Quail Hol­low Club in North Carolina.

Day lost the radar on his driver mid­way through yes­ter­day’s wild third round but fought back bril­liantly with three straight birdies.

With one poor de­ci­sion the for­mer world No. 1 was out.

In­stead of be­ing im­mersed in this morn­ing’s fi­nal round shootout, Day’s tour­na­ment and ma­jors sea­son dis­ap­peared into the sun­set.

He signed for a six- over- par 77 and in that one hole crashed from sixth to 16th at level par, seven strokes be­hind Ameri- can leader Kevin Kis­ner ( 67- 67- 72) in­stead of just three.

The trou­ble be­gan when Day ( 70- 66- 77) flayed his drive right from the 18th tee into pine straw be­hind a tree.

In­stead of a high per­cent­age punch back to the fair­way and a likely bo­gey, Day went high­risk by try­ing a low hook­ing iron around the tree and along the line of a cart path.

His land­ing area of con­crete and trees gob­bled his mis­cue in a hedge.

It meant an un­playable lie, a penalty drop, a flop shot into fair­way rough, a putt lip­ping out and the wheels com­ing off.

“You are kid­ding me? ( That’s) one of the cra­zi­est de­ci­sions I’ve ever seen,” said Faldo, the six- time ma­jor cham­pion- turned com­men­ta­tor.

“I’d love to know what he thought he could re­ally do.”

When the dust set­tled, Day’s fi­nal seven holes in­cluded three birdies, two bo­geys, a dou­ble bo­gey, an eight and not a sin­gle bor­ing par.

Day will feel it more than any­one that this PGA has drifted with one hor­ror round just as the Mas­ters ( 76), US Open ( 79) and Bri­tish Open ( 76) were ru­ined.

The creek- lined 18th pun­ished the field, in­clud­ing com­pa­triot Adam Scott ( 71- 76- 74) who had a dou­ble- bo­gey as did Bri­tish Open cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth when find­ing the water.

At least Day had the adren­a­line of con­tend­ing, some­thing Spi­eth ( 72- 73- 71) never felt chas­ing the ca­reer Grand Slam of ma­jors or favourite Rory McIlroy.

Kis­ner had his own pal­pi­ta­tions with a bo­gey on the 18th when his sec­ond shot bounced high out of the rocky creek.

Aussie golfer Ja­son Day.

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