September 11, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Goldsmith (left) caddied for Jason Day, who shot a 3-under 67 in Round 1. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
ATLANTA -- Last week, back pain forced Jason Day to withdraw from the BMW Championship. Thursday, it was his caddie Col Swatton who fell victim to a bad back.
Swatton woke up with a pinched nerve and lasted just seven holes before Day's mental coach Jason Goldsmith took over on the eighth tee.
"It was expected because we knew Col's back was sore," Goldsmith, 46, said. "I thought we were going to do it on the first tee; we knew he was struggling so I figured it was a matter of time."
Day didn't miss a beat, shooting a 3-under 67 that leaves him just a stroke off the lead.
The last time Goldsmith carried a bag was in 2006 when he was a caddie at Bighorn Golf Club. He has been Day's mental coach for the last two years but didn't seem bothered by the moment.
It helped that Swatton made sure he knew what all the numbers in the yardage book meant.
Goldsmith didn't have to read any putts, either. His biggest worry was which caddie should rake the bunker on the 15th hole after Day and playing partner Rickie Fowler both missed the green on their approach.
Said Goldsmith: "That was the most stress I had all day."
As for Swatton, he expects to be back on the bag Friday.