Jason Day uses BINOCULARS to identify his ball after it lands in BIRD NEST

After identifying his ball, Day was able to take a drop for an unplayable lie, which led to a double bogey at Bay Hill's 16th hole.

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Fri, 5 Mar 2021
Jason Day uses BINOCULARS to identify his ball after it lands in BIRD NEST

Jason Day needed to use a pair of binoculars and a cameraman to identify his ball, after his tee shot at Bay Hill's par-5 16th hole landed in a bird nest in a tree.

The Australian had started this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational in steady shape, shooting a 2-under par round of 70 on Thursday and continued his fine form with two birdies in his opening five holes during the second round, to get to 4-under par.

Day found trouble at the par-5 16th hole (his 7th) when his tee shot struck a tree, but instead of tumbling to the ground, it came to rest in a bird nest.

The problem for Day, was that the nest was so high in the tree, it wasn't easy to identify whether or not it was his golf ball, with the branch being far too high for his caddie to try and climb.

Day was then handed a pair of binoculars as he tried to get a closer look at the golf ball to see if he could find any of his markings, while a cameraman also stepped in to zoom into the nest.

Luckily for Day, the cameraman was able to zoom in close enough and at an angle where the 33-year-old could confidently say that it was his ball stuck in the nest, meaning he was able to take a penalty drop for an unplayable lie. Had he not have been able to identify his ball, it would have been a trip back to the tee box for the former World No.1.


Unfortunately, after the penalty drop and some trouble in the thick rough at Bay Hill, Day walked away with a double-bogey 7, before adding another double bogey to his scorecard just two holes later, two reach the turn 2-over par for the day.

Day would recover those shots coming home to card a level-par 72 to sit 2-under for the tournament. 

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