Jan
7
2011
Jason Day Shows No Fear…Even After a Duffed Drive
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

During the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Jason Day took one of the worst swings of his career, hitting about six inches behind the ball off the tee on No. 13. The shot barely made it off the ground and just made the fairway. His reaction? He couldn’t help but laugh. Same with Justin Rose, who was playing with him.

“It went 110 yards, we measured it,” cracked Day, who shot 66 at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. “I’ve never hit a drive like that ever. I’m going to chalk it up to being rusty.”

His next move shows what kind of player he is. With 234 yards uphill (and I’m assuming it was into the wind), he pulled out driver.

“Rosie said, ‘You’ve got some balls to hit driver again,'” Day said.

Justin couldn’t have said it better. I mean, even I was surprised. When I caught up with his wife Ellie on 18, I naturally asked what happened. She said he still made par. My first thought was, “Huh? You sure?” I just assumed he’d lay up because the hole is uphill and if I recall correctly, you could end up with a crappy lie (but then again, it’d roll back down the hill probably).

Day knocked his driver off the deck and landed in the front greenside bunker. He managed to get up-and-down. Not a bad recovery after an embarrassing moment. (He laughed when he said Golf Channel showed him the replay.)

Just to be sure he wasn’t fazed, Day hit 3-iron on the next tee.

But don’t count on Jason Day to lay up — that’s what makes for great moments and better stories (even when the result doesn’t turn out positive each time).

By the way, anyone got a YouTube video of Day’s duff?

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)