Jason Day: There's "A Different Roar" With Tiger

Tiger Woods is back, Day says, and the state of the game is "very, very healthy"

Tiki and Tierney
May 09, 2019 - 5:24 pm
Tiger Woods Masters 2019

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Jason Day fared well at the Masters in April. In fact, he finished in the top five for the third time at Augusta National, which is quite impressive given he suffered a back injury literally before taking the course.

“About two minutes before I had to walk onto the first tee, I went down and kissed my daughter and my back went out,” Day said on Tiki & Tierney. “The funny thing is that usually sometimes it’ll loosen up, and sometimes it’ll tighten back up. Luckily for me, I had my chiro right there and I was trying to get as much work in as I possibly could. For the first nine holes, it was pretty sore, and then over the next couple days I felt much better.”

Day, 31, shot an 11-under-277, finishing behind Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele – who all tied for second with a 12-under-276 – and, yes, Tiger Woods, who shot a 13-under-275 to win his first major since 2008 and his first Masters since 2005.

It was vintage Woods, as the win capped arguably the greatest comeback in golf history.

“I’ve been good friends with him for a while now,” Day said, “and I’ve said, ‘Look, I want you at your best, playing against you in a major championship on Sunday.’ I think that would be the most fun. If I win or lose, it’s irrelevant. I just want to be out there competing against him. That’s the whole competition between us as golfers.”

Woods was stellar throughout, shooting 70, 68, 67, and 70 to earn his fifth green jacket.

The golf world – and the non-golf world – took notice.

“Tiger, it’s funny: if he makes a par putt, it sounds like he just holed a 20-foot birdie putt,” Day said, chuckling. “There’s a different roar when it comes to Tiger and the whole scene that goes around the Tiger show. It’s nuts. But the guy deserves it. He’s (won) 81 times, 15 major championships – it’s quite impressive to see the comeback that he had in his career. I think the state of the game right now is a very, very healthy state.”

Woods will try to win his second straight major at the PGA Championship, which will be played May 16-19 at Bethpage. The event used to be played in mid-August as fourth and final major of the year, but the PGA decided to move it up on the calendar.

Day, who won the PGA Championship in 2015, said he supports that decision “100 percent.”

“The PGA Tour, they’ve done a tremendous job getting the schedule back kind of in order where things flow quite nicely for the next four to five months,” he said. “I think they did a job. . . . Bethpage is going to play long. It’s going to be wet out there – it’ll be fun to play.”

In other news, Day discussed biomarker testing that is helping his mother, Dening, live with lung cancer. Jason is now part of an initiative launching called the Test It Back campaign, encouraging newly diagnosed patients with Stage IV lung cancer to ensure they receive a full diagnosis, inclusive of biomarker testing, to ensure they receive the treatment options that are right for them. Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.