August 6 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AKRON, Ohio -- It's a big oxymoron, but Jason Day doesn't care.
He plans to play "conservative aggressive" on Sunday during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Day enters the final 18 holes tied with Ryo Ishikawa at 11 under and trailing his good friend Adam Scott by one stroke.
The 22-year-old, whose wife Ellie is from Akron, picked up his first PGA TOUR victory last year at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He's come close this year -- posting seven top-10s, including a tie for second at the Masters and solo second at the U.S. Open – so Sunday once again will dawn full of potential.
"I've learned from the past if I go out and try and attack the course, I make mistakes and I get frustrated," Day said. "And when I get frustrated, I don't win tournaments. I think I'm going to just go out there and just give my preparation 100 percent before each shot, and then whatever happens after I hit the ball happens.”
“I can't control what happens. I'm just going to go out there and give it 100 percent."
Day, who leads the International standings for the Presidents Cup, got off to a rollicking start Saturday when he made a 12-foot eagle putt at the second hole. He added a 20-footer for another at the fifth hole before dropping out of a tie for the lead when he made consecutive bogeys at the start of the back nine.
The slide didn't last long, though. Day made three birdies in his last four holes, draining a 34-footer at No. 15, a 13-footer at the 16th and moving into a share of second with a 7-footer at the 18th.
"I actually felt like I hit it pretty good today," Day said. "I know someone is going to ask me about my driving (hitting 6 of 14 fairways), but I felt like I drove it actually pretty well. They were solid drives. It's tough to hit the fairways here. I'm very happy where I am right now."
"Obviously got off to a great start, eagling 2, and then hit the brakes a little bit on 10 and 11. But other than that, I needed something to happen in my round, and obviously holing the putt on 15 kind of did that for me. And I birdied 16 and came home and birdied 18, which was nice."