Jason Day's lackluster season might be better than it appears

Despite appearances, Jason Day might quietly be putting together a solid season.
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth - CJ CUP Byron Nelson
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth - CJ CUP Byron Nelson / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

On the 18th green of the opening round of the CJ Cup Byron Nelson, Jason Day rounded out an opening round with a birdie to finish with a 66 for a 5-under par round. He completed his third round on Saturday afternoon and is now at 6-under par after shooting 70 and 71 in the next two rounds respectively. Day is currently tied for 58th place in the tournament he won a season ago.

Despite finding himself outside of the top 25 for the tournament, Day has had a strong season thus far, possibly returning to his old form. He has three top 10s and four top 25s on the season and has made eight cuts in the 10 tournaments he has competed in. His best performance in a 72-hole tournament this season came at the Genesis Invitational. He finished at 9-under par after shooting a 65 in the opening round at Riviera Country Club. Day finished ninth in the tournament.

Jason Day became one of the premiere golfers after joining the tour in 2006.

He shot up to #1 in the world rankings in 2015. 2015 was his best season to date. He won five times on tour including the 2015 PGA Championship.

His victory at the Byron Nelson a year ago seemed to signify a turning point for the Australian-born golfer. He would then go on to finish T2 at the Open Championship, which was his best finish in a major since his PGA win in 2015.

This season, in addition to his top finishes, he currently sits in eighth place in total driving on the season. He also ranks 59th in driving distance with an accuracy ranking of 29th. Day currently ranks in ninth place in putts per round at 27.84 as well.

Day is currently ranked 26th in the FedEx Cup standings for the season.

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If he continues his strong push, he should be back in the winner's column soon.