Can Jason Day Fight Through The Rain At The Zurich Classic?


Rain has stolen the show this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  After a small rain delay in round one the next two days have been all but complete washouts.  The leaders were able to finish round 2 on Saturday morning but a long delay in the afternoon only let them play a few holes into round 3 in the evening.  With a marathon Sunday already under way some of golf’s big names are in contention for a big win before next week’s Match Play Championship.

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Jason Day is continuing his strong season and has been the best player in the “Big Easy” this week.  After opening the week with a 67 in round one he followed that up with a stellar 65 in round two.  Three holes into round number three he walked off the course tied for the lead at -13.  Day is the sixth ranked golfer in the world and the defending champion at next week’s Match Play.  With a long Sunday and even possible Monday finish in play at the Zurich, he has yet to start thinking about defending his tile next week at TPC Harding Park.

"“My main focus is just winning this week,” said Day. “If I go into the WGC without a practice round, that’s fine. As long as I come away with a win (here), that’s all I’m worried about right now.” (Credit"

Sitting on top of the leaderboard with Day is fan favorite Erik Compton.  After shooting 69 and 66 in the first two rounds, Compton came out of the gate on fire in round three with four birdies in five holes before rain washed out pay for the evening.  Unlike Day he won’t be heading to San Francisco for the Match Play but the goal for this week is the same, take care of business.

"”It’s going to be a low scoring tournament so fortunate to get off to a decent start, a good start,” Compton said. ”It’s a lot of golf, so you know you have to reach a number.” (Credit Golf Channel)"

 PGA Tour officials are hopeful that they will be able to complete the third and fourth rounds on Sunday, but with more rain in the forecast things could get dicey.  A Monday finish is never a good thing but with a Wenesday start to the Match Play coming up this is probably the worst week to have that happen.  This brings up the idea that the Zurich will be the first tournament shortened to 54-holes since the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  PGA Tour Vice President of Rules and Competition Slugger White shot that idea down last night, “54 holes is not in the mix.”

With everyone at the Zurich hopeful that they can complete this marathon Sunday and move the focus towards a brand new revamped Match Play, who ever wins this week will have to earn it.  It’s been a long a difficult week so far, but for Day and the rest of the field they just have to stay calm and get the job done.

"”I know that it’s very easy to get frustrated and start getting angry at the things that have gone on, especially with the weather,” Day said. “But with everyone that’s getting frustrated I know I can’t. Just got to stay centered and keep pushing.” (Credit Golf Channel)"

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