Jason Day ‘obsessed’ with new swing, leads Wells Fargo

Potomac, Maryland – Three years and 364 days after his last win, Jason Day describes himself as a “obsessed” with improving his new swing and improving his results, even if he never returns to world number one.

There wasn’t much room for improvement on Thursday as he fired the Day 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead at Wells Fargo. Joel Dahmen nailed what could be the best day to score for the TPC Potomac at Avenell Ranch, with rain, wind and unusually low temperatures in the forecast through Sunday.

“Obviously some weather is coming, so I feel like we’re going to go into grinding mode over the next few days, which I usually like,” Day said. “It will be difficult.”

The 34-year-old has been working with coach Chris Cuomo on a swing that will protect his chronically flabby back, and says he feels solid with every club except the driver. His renewed dedication and relative good health are encouraging signs from a player who won eight times in a 15-month period in 2015-16, including the PGA Championship and the Players Championship.

“I think of the golf swing in the morning, I think of the golf swing during the day and I think of the golf swing at night,” Day said. “There were conversations at 12 at night with Chris just because I had an idea in my head and a certain feeling and feeling.”

Day’s last win in this tournament came at Quail Hollow. Wells Fargo has moved to the Maryland, Washington suburbs this year because its regular venue is to host the Presidents Cup in September.

The international team at the event will certainly welcome a rolling day, making five of their eight birds from within 10 feet on Thursday. The Australian took the lead with a chip in the 15th par-4 hole.

“The thing that is different between now and when I was No. 1 in the world, although the technique might not have been as straightforward as it is now, I had all the confidence in the world, especially in the green. So that is always the goal,” Day said.

Matthew Wolff, Denny McCarthy’s favorite, and PGA Tour rookies, Aaron Ray, Callum Tarin, and Paul Bargon were in the back. Rory McIlroy, the highest-ranked player on the field at seventh, had 67 ups and downs.

Wolff’s previous two competitive rounds were 81 and 78 in the Masters, with the 23-year-old batsman finishing behind every previous 60-year-old champion on the field. He played an unofficial tour of his local club a few days ago and lost every ball in his bag.

Beware the player with non-existent expectations.

“I can go out and shoot 90 tomorrow and as long as I have a good attitude, I can put a check mark on this week and say I’ve grown as a person and as a player and that’s all I really care about now,” Wolff said. “Honestly, it’s funny, but I’m not here to win a golf tournament, I’m here to have fun.”

Dhmn enjoyed his rapid rise to the top of the leaderboard. After a 7-iron from 173 yards to 7 feet on the par-4 eighth hole, he stared at the scoreboard behind the green while waiting for partners Patrick Reed and Jason Dufner. Then he punched the punch to 6 under.

“I love seeing my name out there,” Dahmin said. “It’s something, you know, that’s what we’re working towards, right? To have a little bit of pressure in the first round I think is pretty cool.”

Dahmen’s racket cooled down a back nine, but he finally made another birdie when he mistook the ace by an inch in the 17 par-3.

McIlroy’s only big mistake was shooting a tee that started too far to the left and headed into the water in fourth, which is the 13th of the day. Dropping a penalty kick and a sloppy chip made a double bogey, but it bounced back with the sparrows in the next two holes.

“I told myself I’m walking on the green grass, if I can get back to level 3 under today by the end of the next day I’ll be very happy, and obviously I did,” McIlroy said.

Ricky Fowler hit two wetlands shots on the right side in fourth, then hid from 134 yards to save the ghost. Driver hit 11 feet for the Eagle at 305 yards, a par-4 13 in round 66 which he summed up as “interesting.”

“There were a couple that were a bit disconnected and cost me a little early in the tour, but other than that, a lot of good,” said Fowler, who is working through swing changes and dropped to 146th in the world. . “Sure, happy today.”