Does Day need a rest?

Jason Day
Jason Day tosses his club in exasperation. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

World No.1 Jason Day has shown signs he needs a break after an alarming eight over par 79 in the RBC Heritage Classic in South Carolina blew apart his hopes of victory.

It was his worst score of the season and after the third round dropped him from joint leadership to a share of 40th place.

Day recovered with a final round 68 to eventually finish tied for 23rd alongside compatriot John Senden at one under par and eight shots off the pace set behind South African winner Branden Grace.

The Australian had won two of his past three PGA Tour events and was a clear favourite ahead of the Harbour Town event.

But his messy Saturday round instead highlighted eight bogeys and a double bogey.

His round derailed on the par four third where his tee shot found water before he went on to make a double bogey.

"I knew something was up when my ball hit a tree and bounced 80 yards right into the hazard," Day said.

"From there, I just got a couple of bad breaks. It's really tough to fight back after that.

"I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots. And unfortunately I just kept missing it in the wrong spots and not getting up and down.

"My chipping and putting was nonexistent today and that's why I shot 79."

Day said that instead of looking for improvements he was trying very hard not to let his poor round affect his playing partner Kevin Chappell.

"I don't think it was much of me telling myself anything," Day said.

"I really wanted to stay out of Kevin's way. I know that he really wants to win a tournament. He's had two second place finishes already this year.

"And my bad play, I just felt like it may have affected him. And I just wanted to make sure I got out of the way. I'm just trying to get the score as best I can. And unfortunately it was a 79.

But there were encouraging signs for Victorian Aaron Baddeley who finished in a share of ninth, his third top 10 finish of the year.

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