Day frustrated by speed of greens at TPC Sawgrass


Jason Day was delighted to hold onto his four-shot lead after a tough day out in Ponte Vedra Beach in the third round of The Players Championship.

Day shot a one-over-par 73 on a day in which just five players managed to break par as the world number one's back nine set him up for a huge chance at his 10th win on the PGA Tour.

The Australian joined a chorus of golfers to criticise the speed of the greens in the third round, as they played noticeably quicker than the previous two days.

"I feel like I played pretty good today. I think I hit a lot of greens. I don't know how many greens I hit, but I feel like I gave myself a decent amount of opportunities on the greens," he said.

"But it was just, the green speeds kind of took me by surprise. It was just such a drastic change from Thursday to Friday to now, this afternoon.

"I mean, the front nine was a bit borderline in my honest opinion, but I think a lot of the players probably think that, as well.

"I think it was 71, the scoring average yesterday, and 76 today or something like that, which is just unbelievable.

"But to have two doubles on the front side and then play some nice golf on the back side to really kind of keep that distance between me and the rest of the guys was nice. But really hoping they slow the greens down tomorrow."

Despite the struggles, Day now has the 36-hole record at The Players Championship with his performance and says he had been receiving plenty of support from golf great Tiger Woods, who continues to recover from recent back surgery.

"Any sort of interaction that I have with Tiger especially, it has a big difference," he said.

"Not so much obviously the old course, but even this week he texted me and said, just stay in your world and it's a marathon, obviously, and today felt like two marathons. 

"But yeah, just little things like that obviously stick with me and keep me going."