Reaction: Jason Day Played Exactly Like A Guy That Didn’t Practice At The PGA Championship

Jason Day tees off at the PGA Championship.

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Jason Day struggled during his opening round at the PGA Championship, finishing the day in a tie for 127th place. Less than a week after winning the Byron Nelson in Texas, the golfer shot six-over on Thursday.

Day entered at a disadvantage having missed his practice rounds. He cited exhaustion and fatigue as his reasoning for skipping out on the pre-tournament training.

Judging by that Day 1 performance, it might’s been worthwhile to at least give it a walk through.

Many in the field complained about the conditions at Oak Hill, most notably Justing Thomas who said, “I mean it’s Rochester, New York. I think it was snowing here like three weeks ago.”

To Thomas’s credit, temperatures have been sub-40 throughout the practice rounds. When the opening group teed off at 7am Thursday morning, it was 34 degrees.

Jason Day didn’t get a chance to test out those course conditions or get acclimated to playing in the chilly temps. He was asked about his sitting out the practice rounds prior to the tournament’s start.

“No matter how well I prepare, even if I go out and play a practice round, if I come in tomorrow tired and exhausted, it won’t do me any favors… I haven’t seen the course and I most likely won’t see the course today… it’s not the first time that I haven’t played a practice round before a major.”

In hindsight, it might’ve helped a little…

Day failed to record a single birdie on the day while racking up four bogeys and a double bogey over his first 18 holes. Many fans online immediately went back to that practice round decision.

For anyone that bet on Day to take home another tournament win, our condolences.

We’ll see if he’s able to regroup and get back in the hunt on Day 2.