Jason Day looks set to leave his woods in the bag for his appearance at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.
Jason Day is on a roll at the majors in 2013. While still without a win, his performances this year included a 3rd place at the US Masters and a tie for second place at the US Open.
Day started 2011 in similar fashion, recording two top-5 finishes at the opening two majors but he wasn’t able to continue his form finishing in a tie for 30th at The Open and missed the cut at the US PGA Championship.
Day is no longer looking for good performances at the majors though and has his eyes set firmly on winning this week’s Open Championship, and he may do so without using any woods.
Day completed a practice round at Muirfield on Tuesday using only irons. His bag includes a 1-iron that according to Nick Faldo he can hit 275 yards.
“He’s got a 2‑iron, which he’s cranked to a 1‑iron, and I was ribbing him on TV when I heard this.” Faldo said.
“I bump into him in the locker room in Dallas and I ask, ‘Ok how far to you hit this 1-iron off a peg to make it easy for you?’, and he says ‘Oh 275, 280 mate’.”
Day appears to be enjoying the club. If I hit it that far I’d be enjoying it too.
“I was out there today and hit a couple of — it was downwind and it was a 10 to 20 mph wind out there — and there was a couple that went 300 easy with the bounce and roll as well.” Day said.
“I want to say today with the wind hit about four, maybe five drives total. Everything else was a 1-iron and I didn’t pull out the 4-wood at all. The ball flight was very strong.”
The Open Championship returns to Muirfield for the first time since 2002 when Ernie Els survived a four-man playoff that included Australians Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby on his way to winning the Claret Jug.