Jason Day puts 1-iron in the bag for the Nelson, maybe Muirfield
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Jason Day puts 1-iron in the bag for the Nelson, maybe Muirfield

The saying goes that only two people can hit a 1-iron: God and Ben Hogan. (After Hogan's death, it seems Greg Norman was inserted for Hogan.)

Well, Jason Day is going to try to round out the Holy Trinity. The Aussie is putting a 1-iron into play this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship as an experiment ahead of perhaps using it again at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

"What the experiment was, was we were going to try a 1-iron and try it out here because we know if we have a 1-iron here and it works well in the wind, when we go overseas to the British this year we can have full confidence that it's going to go the right distance and can come out low and hit different types of shots when I need to," Day said Wednesday.

The winds at TPC Four Seasons should be in the 20-30 mph range through the week, somewhat mirroring what the Aussie could expect to experience in Scotland in July.

The 2010 Nelson champion, however, made no mention of using the 1-iron at Merion next month in the U.S. Open. Of course, the aforementioned Hogan played perhaps the most iconic shot of his career with a 1-iron at Merion en route to the 1950 U.S. Open.

Maybe Day will bring it out in a tribute to the Hawk.

Feeling a little cheeky, we at GNN dropped Day into the shot from 1950. Check it out on our Facebook page. 

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