Jason Day shot his best-ever round at the Travelers Championship on Friday, a 7-under 63 that launched him into contention heading into the weekend at TPC River Highlands.
And then, after the round, Day went back to the range, in the rain, to keep working on his game -- at the suggestion of new caddie Steve Williams.
“Yeah, 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."
Day and Williams hooked up for the US Open at Pebble Beach, where Day said her has "severely underachieved" in his career with one major championship win and stints at No. 1 in the world. (I wish I underachieved like that.) He underscored that point again on Friday, with the sense Day is looking for some direction to regain his form of 2015 and 2016.
"So right now I'm not pleased with how things have progressed so far with regards to my year," said Day, who has four top-eight finishes this year. However, Day hasn't won since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.
Day has indicated in the past he's the kind of guy who sometimes needs to be pushed by outside forces.
"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," he said.
“[Williams is] very black and white."
Day indicated his focus is in building toward a brilliant 2020, but a great weekend in Connecticut could mean he has a jump start on his Elvis comeback campaign -- and an early sign Williams' more disciplined approach could be just what the Aussie needs to regain his place in golf's pecking order.