POTOMAC, Md. – Three years and 364 days since his last victory, Jason Day describes himself as “passionate” in honoring his new change and improving the outcome, even if he never returns to No. 1 in the world.
There was no room for more Thursday as the Day shot 7-down to 63 to lead the first round of the Wells Fargo Competition. Joel Dahmen was shot back in the day which could be the best scoring score for the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, with rain, wind and extreme temperatures until Sunday.
“Obviously, we have a season coming up, so I feel like we’re moving in the next few days, which I love,” Day said. “It’s going to be difficult.”
The 34-year-old has been working with coach Chris Como on a swing that can protect his restless back, and says he feels solid with any club other than the driver. His new dedication and good health are the hallmarks of an athlete who has won eight trophies in 15 months in 2015-16, including the PGA Championship and Players Championship.
“I think about golf in the morning, I think about golf in the daytime and I think about golf at night,” Day said. “There was a 12-night discussion with Chris because I have an idea in my head and a certain feeling somewhere.”
The final victory of the day came at the game at Quail Hollow. Wells Fargo moved to rural Maryland in Washington this year because his regular residence will take part in the Cup Presidents Cup in September.
The International Team at the event will host a re-launch day, which created five of the eight birds from 10 meters Thursday. The Australian took the lead with a chip-in at the 4th 15th hole.
“The thing that is different between now is when I was No. 1 in the world, although the process would not be as dangerous as it is now, I had all the confidence in the world, especially on the green. So that is always the goal,” Day said.
Matthew Wolff, local favorite Denny McCarthy and PGA Tour star Aaron Rai, Callum Tarren and Paul Barjon fired twice. Rory McIlroy, the top player in the No. 1 field. 7, had up-and-down 67.
Wolff’s previous two previous races were 81 and 78 at the Masters, with the 23-year-old batsman finishing behind every 60 professionals in the past. He played around his home a few days ago and threw every ball in his bag.
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“I could go on to shoot 90 tomorrow and as long as I have a good idea, I can mark this week and say I’ve grown as a person and as a player and that’s all I care about. Right now,” Wolff said. “To be honest, it’s funny, but I didn’t come to win a golf tournament, I came to have fun.”
Dahmen enjoyed his quick climb over the board. After scoring 7 yards from 173 yards to 7 yards in the 4th hole in the eighth, he looked at the board behind the green as he waited for players Patrick Reed and Jason Dufner. He then drilled a putt to get 6 feet down.
“I’d love to see my name up there. It’s something that, you know, that’s what we work on, right? Having a little bit of trouble in the first episode I think is good,” Dahmen said.
The Dahmen striker fainted after nine, but eventually made another bird when he missed an ace with an inch par-3 17th.
McIlroy’s only major mistake was a tee shot that started at the far left and pulled into the water at 4 on the 13th, his 13th day.
“I told myself I was going to go green, and as soon as I got back at 3 under the day at the end of the day, I would be happy, and obviously I did this,” McIlroy said.
Rickie Fowler shot to the right of the right-footed swimmer at 4 in the sixth, then fired 134 yards to save the bogey. He hit the driver up to 11 meters for an eagle at 305-yard, par-4 13th in 66 rounds which he briefly described as “exciting.”
“There was a family that was off the internet a bit and it ruined me a bit around, but other than that, a lot of good things,” said Fowler, who works as a swing switch and has dropped to 146 in the world. . “Definitely happy today.”