CHARLOTTE (N.C.) — Jason Day was surging along Magnolia Lane in anticipation of the Masters 2023.
The Australian had placed in the top 20 of all seven starts he made in the new calendar year. This included a fifth-place finish at the WM Phoenix Open, and a T-5 showing at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Day finished second in the second round of Augusta National, and was on track to be among the top 12 finishers and earn his 2024 ticket over the weekend.
On Sunday, vertigo struck.
Day first experienced vertigo at the 2015 U.S. Open in Chambers Bay. It really kicked me in the butt at Augusta. It was a time when I needed to step back.
The 35-year old shot an 8-over-80 and finished T-39 after four double-bogeys in a five hole stretch. The 35-year-old was then forced to withdraw from the RBC Heritage in order to perform some tests. This led to him taking a three week break.
Day said on Wednesday, ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in 2023 at Quail Holl. It’s not the mental aspect or me trying harder to play golf that keeps me away from the game. It’s usually my body telling me, “No, you cannot do that anymore.”
The 2018 Wells Fargo Champion is back on the field after a much-needed break and a new diet. This will be his seventh career appearance at this event. It has been upgraded to one of Tour’s designated 14 events and features a purse of $20 million, with $3.6 millions going to the winning player.
“I believe that a lot the decisions made by the Tour, policy board and us over the past year have been in response to what LIV Golf has brought to table. Sincerity, I believe everyone is better off. Day said that the new schedule would result in both teams making more money. “I’m not certain what’s more sustainable but the way I see it right now, it feels good.” I just want to win at the end of it all and leave the decisions to (Rory McIlroy and those guys).
Day won 10 times in the five years between the Farmers Insurance Open of 2015 and the Quail Hollow event of 2018, including the 2015 PGA Championship, 2016 Players Championship and rose to the world number one. 1.
I need to be back in the winners’ circle. Day said, “I feel like my game has started to take on a really good form. I know I can win more regularly. It’s only a matter of me putting myself in contention a bit more.” “I’m not too concerned about it.” “I’m not too worried about it.”
It’s likely to happen often, which is nice.
Day was a great horse for this course, but he wasn’t included in Trevor Immelman’s International team for the 2022 Presidents Cup which took place last fall at Quail hollow. Day, a four-time All-Star, didn’t attend the event and was glad he didn’t hear from the captain.
“I just wanted to gain confidence in my own game and myself, to try to rebuild my game. I was glad I didn’t receive the call from Immelman because my game wasn’t ready to be played on a big stage like the Presidents Cup,” Day said. There would have been many holes exposed, and I feel that I am better for it now.