Day dabbles with 59, Spieth in awe, Colsaerts' carve up

Jason Day faces chip to break 60, Spieth 'like an amateur' watching, Colsaerts' birdie blitz

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015
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Day dabbles with 59

Jason Day slept on the chance to card a 59 in the opening round of the BMW Championship but was unable to convert his chip-in from the rough on the last. 

The US PGA champion needed to hole out from 44 yards to become only the sixth player to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour after bad weather halted the first round of the FedEx Cup event at Conway Farms on Thursday.

Day, who said playing partner Jordan Spieth alerted him to the possibility of a 59, chipped out to 10ft and then missed the birdie putt, settling for a 61.

Jason Day: swing sequence

"To be honest, I thought it was par 72. Jordan told me that it was par 71 on nine," said Day, who can climb to world number one with victory in Chicago.

"I probably should have known that because there's three par fives, but I wasn't paying attention. I didn't think I'd have an opportunity of shooting 59. Yeah, that's kind of when he told me. He was keeping count for me."

Stuart Appleby, Paul Goydos, David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger are the only players to card 59 on the PGA Tour.

Spieth in awe of Day

Jordan Spieth thinks Jason Day "literally doesn't even know where he is right now" after the Australian blitzed the field at the BMW Championship.

Spieth is playing with Day for the opening rounds at Conway Farms, and the Masters and US Open champion is enjoying his front-row seat. 

"It's like I'm a paid amateur just watching. It's a joke," the Texan said. 

The 22-year-old, who fired a hole in one on the short second, is considered one of the best putters in golf, but admitted he is struggling with the flat stick of late. 

"I'm not extremely confident in putting right now, had average practice sessions this week," he said. "I've tried to work on it pretty hard, but just haven't really found a right rhythm."

Colsaerts hits purple patch in Italy

Nicolas Colsaerts said "it all felt pretty easy" as he matched the European Tour's record of eight consecutive birdies at the Italian Open. 

The long-hitting Belgian became just the fourth player to achieve the feat in an opening round of 63, nine under. 

 ''We all know what it's like when you get on fire and you keep going," the 32-year-old said. "I didn't know how many it was, they were just coming.

"I stopped (counting) at six and it kept going for a while which was good...I was waiting for a round like this where everything clicks together.''

With Colsaerts starting on the back nine at Golf Club Milano, the birdie trail stretched from the 14th hole to the third.

Colsaerts took a two-stroke lead into the the second round as he looks to win for the first time since the World Match Play Championship in 2012. 

Hull playing it cool at Solheim Cup

Charley Hull says the Solheim Cup is "just a golf event" and explained she won't be getting stressed out about the biennial matchplay tournament. 

“Yeah, I want to win and everything but I’m hardly going to help us do that by stressing about it,” she said.

Solheim Cup classics: memorable matches

England's Hull was the youngest player to compete in the competition when she teed it up aged 17 two years ago, and revealed how she prepared for her debut while sharing a room with her sister in Colorado.

“Nicole rode in at 4am and woke me up,” said Hull. “She’s 10 years older and I was like, 'What are you doing?’ Nicole said, 'I’m just coming in from my party.’ I’m like, 'You do know I’ve got a big game tomorrow?’ Nicole said: 'Oh, you’ll be fine.’ ”

Team-mate Suzann Pettersen said Hull is the joker of the pack, adding she "has no idea what planet Charley lives on from day to day".

 

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