Golf: Is crisis of confidence behind Jason Day's subpar play?


Posted at Jul 22 2017 05:48 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2017 03:54 AM

According to a story posted on an Australian news website, Jason Day has had a difficult time motivating himself to succeed consistently. Paul Childs, Reuters

Jason Day made the cut at The Open, but it's difficult to ignore his performance is trending downward lately.

Day's two-round total at Royal Birkdale was 145, 11 shots off leader Jordan Spieth.

Prior to his appearance in Lancashire, the Australian former world No. 1 missed the cut at the US Open and the Travelers Championship in consecutive weeks 

An article posted on the Australian Broadcasting Corp. website on Saturday revealed that Day "admitted he had lost the necessary discipline to stay on top of his game" and that "his body language both on arrival and before, during and after his first two rounds have exuded a player down on confidence and belief."

But the 29-year-old appears to maintain a positive outlook despite results not going his way.

"I've just got to be patient and just let things happen," said Day, who needed to take care of his mother, Denny, who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year but has since been better. 

"Because I honestly believe good and big things are coming for me. I've got to just trust it and understand, keep working hard."

Day is paired with Andy Sullivan of England for a 10:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m., Manila time) tee-off in the 3rd round.

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