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Jason Day explains Steve Williams’ blunt style: ‘He’s very black and white’

June 21, 2019

Jason Day hired legendary caddie Steve Williams to make an immediate difference in his game. So far, so good. Day shot a second-round 63 on Friday at the Travelers Championship to move into contention, and credited his round in part to his caddie’s no-nonsense style.

“He’s very black and white,” Day said of his caddie, who was on Tiger Woods’ bag for 13 major championships. After a “disappointing” first-round even-par 70, Williams urged Day to hit the range. Day complied.

“Yeah, pretty much when he asks you to do something you pretty much do it,” Day said. “I went and chipped some, I hit balls on the range, and then I putted. Right now I’m not pleased with how things have progressed so far with regards to my year. And since having Steve on the bag we’ve definitely been a lot more disciplined about going to the range and putting green, chipping green after the round and making sure we’re staying on top of it, especially with our feels.”

Jason Day and Steve Williams made a strong team on Friday at the Travelers.
Jason Day and Steve Williams made a strong team on Friday at the Travelers.
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“I’ve got a lot of work. Like we say, we’re focusing on trying to win this year, but definitely trying to project and look forward to 2020.”

Day’s was the round of the day on Friday; he got off to a hot start with birdies on four of his first five holes and never looked back, finishing with a bogey-free 7-under 63.

As for the unpredictable U.S. weather he’s run into? Day says the unretired Williams is unimpressed with the amount of umbrella-toting that has taken over his first two events back. “He goes, he would rather be mowing his lawn back home in New Zealand with the rain on him instead of coming out here,” Day laughed. “He’s glad to be back on the bag.”