April 20 2011
By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Has it really been a week since Jason Day nearly won the Masters? It has been on the calendar, but it still seems like yesterday to the young Australian.
"It’s been a roll straight after the Masters," Day said. "I tried to relax as good as I could."
Day nearly won his Masters debut about 10 days ago. A
final-round 68 left him two shots behind winner Charl Schwartzel,
but the performance under pressure raised his profile and
expectations. So Day spent his "off week" working a few corporate
events and answering requests from the media.
"I had to do an outing on Thursday, had another outing Saturday and flew here on Sunday," Day said. "I haven’t had actually time to decompress as of yet."
Day said he learned a lot from his brush with a Green Jacket. Most important, he said, was preparation.
"When you come into a tournament, it’s all about preparation, exactly where you need to place the ball, knowing that your body is working great," Day said. "It was my first Masters experience, but I felt like I prepared as best I could."
And Day isn’t plagued by lingering "what-if" doubts. He played well the final round, but got beat when Schwartzel birdied the final four holes.
"Obviously, I was nervous, starting the final day there," Day said. "But I just knew if I hung around, I would come close. If I didn’t birdie the last two holes, I still would have played great, I still would have finished 10 under and would have played great for the week. But to finish the way I did, I couldn’t have done it any better."
This is his third appearance at The Heritage. He closed with a 67 last year and tied for 22nd.