Being a regular in the desert leads to desert success on Jason Day’s course.
After never playing in the event in his first 20 years on the PGA Tour, Day’s steady comeback game in American Express for the second year in a row saw the veteran Australian tie for 16th in the final round. Found heading to play.
After starting the tournament with rounds of 67 and 64, the 35-year-old posted a 2-under par 70 at La Quinta Country Club on Saturday. Day advanced to the final round with a tie for 16th place at 15 under par.
The world No. 1 player for 51 consecutive weeks from 2015 to 2017 and a 12-time TOUR winner appears to have found the distance from a back injury that has plagued his playing for so long. Consistent, swing changes over the past year and a half are starting to show a tinge of the old days.
“Definitely not,” Day said of the decidedly shallower swing plane. “Funny stuff comes out old sometimes. It’s a lot better, and six months from now, a year from now, it’s going to be even better.”
Considering injury, Day rarely competed in more than 20 events during his storied career. and this list does not include the unofficial QBE Shootout in mid-December. Between the QBE and American Express, Day continued to fine-tune his swing changes.
“I was doing a lot of technical work at the time, so it was nice to come to a place where there wasn’t a lot of wind and it was like playing in the dome,” said Day. Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego next week. “So we just understand where things are in the game and what we need to work on going forward.”
For the 2015 PGA Championship winner, such work often takes place at Indian Wells’ Vintage Club, of which Day is a longtime member.
“It’s great. Perfect grass, perfect weather. It’s great to be here,” Day said. “They’ve been amazing to me and I’ve been able to bring my family too. That’s how I’ve always done it, and I always come out to the desert early[in season]. Come here.” Get ready for these tournaments by visiting and practicing at The Vintage Club, this area is a little bit of golf heaven here.”
Of course, the father of four adds that the desert lifestyle has proven a perfect fit for both his personality and family album over the years.
“I like that everything is quiet and cruise-like here,” Day said. “I’m a quiet person, so I tend to gravitate to places like this. Personally, it’s more of a professional thing where you can go out and get ready for the season. But we’re usually , we take family photos, whether in Joshua Tree or around Palm Springs.