May 15 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- One win and two other top-10s in three starts at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. It's no surprise that Jason Day feels comfortable at the TPC Four Seasons Resort course.
"You get to a course and sometimes you just feel really comfortable around it," the Australian said on the eve of the first round. "Even though the tough holes may feel uncomfortable for some, the tough holes here I feel comfortable playing."
Day's only PGA TOUR win came here in 2010, and since then, he's finished fifth (2011) and tied for ninth (2012). With four top-10s already this season, Day nor his fans would be surprised with another high finish this week. It helps that he's coming off a final-round 68 at THE PLAYERS Championship to finish T-19, a big confidence-booster after he made the cut on the number.
"When I'm here, I have a different sense of confidence going and playing this course, compared to other courses. Day said. "I think with last week's finish and the memories of playing well here and winning here for the first time is obviously going to help this week."
That doesn't mean it's always going to be enjoyable. Day calls it a grinder's course because the conditions can be difficult, with swirling winds and challenging little pitches around the greens.
"It's one of those courses where you have to grind it out," Day said, "and by the end of the day you're ready for a 10-hour sleep."