Day overcomes illness to lead Nelson
Sunday, January 23, 2011
IRVING, Texas – Beware of the ailing golfer, chapter 1,082,439.
Jason Day, 22, has gone from nearly pulling out because of illness on opening day to leading after each of the first three rounds of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. A remarkable par at 18, where he drove into water and made a 20-foot save, gave him a two-stroke advantage over 34-year-old rookie Blake Adams.
“I feel I’m ready to win,” said Day. “I just need to be patient.”
Day stands at 12-under-par, after rounds of 66-65-67. On Thursday, he wasn’t sure he was going to stand at all.
Day has seen about six doctors this year and has been sick most of the season. He has been diagnosed with bronchitis and a chronic sinus infection. Doctors also told him he may have had the swine flu. Now he’s on “heavy antibiotics that make me very sick.”
That’s how he felt Thursday. His stomach was so upset he was “close to probably pulling out of this event.”
Despite the problems, Day has had three top-25 finishes since late March. For the last couple of years he has been considered a possible future star. Expectations at times have weighed him down.
But on Sunday, he can become someone known for more than potential.