Trump makes Ja­son a Day late ar­riv­ing at Birk­dale

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - SOUTH­PORT:

Ja­son Day is hope­ful he can fig­ure promi­nently at this week’s Bri­tish Open de­spite ar­riv­ing at Royal Birk­dale later than planned-thanks to Don­ald Trump. The Aus­tralian was due to be in Eng­land on Sun­day but ended up putting back his de­par­ture by 24 hours be­cause of flight de­lays in New York which he put down to the US Pres­i­dent.

“I had three weeks off be­fore this, so I could have got in early,” Day said at Birk­dale on the eve of Thurs­day’s Open first round. “I was ac­tu­ally sup­posed to get here Sun­day. And I was fly­ing through JFK and Pres­i­dent Trump was there and there was a bunch of de­lays. So I just de­cided to move my flight back a lit­tle bit later.” Trump at­tended the US Women’s Open in New Jer­sey last week­end, and the de­lays al­lowed Day to spend an ex­tra day at home with his young chil­dren, and be there for his son’s birth­day.

The 29-year-old world num­ber six’s change of plans meant he did not prac­tice on the South­port links on Mon­day, but he be­lieves a lack of golf go­ing into the cham­pi­onship could ben­e­fit him.

“Usu­ally I get in here to places like this early. I usu­ally get in Thurs­day or Fri­day and play a cou­ple of prac­tice rounds. I did it this year at Au­gusta and I was just truly knack­ered by the time I started Thurs­day,” he said. “This week has felt a lot quicker to me. And I got some work in be­fore I came in here. I think all in all I feel pretty ready and fresh go­ing into to­mor­row’s round.”

Day was pre­sented with an award on Wednes­day for end­ing 2016 as world num­ber one. Since then he has dropped back due to poorer form, in­clud­ing a missed cut at last month’s US Open.

PGA cham­pion in 2015, when he also came fourth in the Open at St An­drews, Day ad­mits to hav­ing had his mind else­where at the start of this year due to a can­cer scare in­volv­ing his mother.

“When you feel like you’re go­ing to lose some­one that is very close to you, there’s noth­ing you want to do more than just be with them and you don’t even want to think about play­ing golf or even think about work­ing,” said Day. He plays with 2015 Open cham­pion Zach John­son and reign­ing Mas­ters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia in the first two rounds as he chases a first win since the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship over a year ago.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to try­ing to get back into the win­ner’s cir­cle this year, and hope­fully I can do that this week,” he said. — AFP

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