After shooting two rounds of 68, Westerville resident Jason Day has put himself into a good position to win on his home course of Muirfield Village Golf Course for the first time. Day owns 12 PGA Tour wins and one major championship, but he has never been able to capture the Memorial Tournament trophy.
“You know this is my home course, and I think I just sucked on it for a long time,” Day said with a chuckle.
Day’s best finish at the Memorial was tied for 15th last year.
“I don’t think there’s any reason why I didn’t really play well, but hopefully I can change that, I feel different this year. Two wins under my belt this year already, so you’re not trying to come into a week like this if you have no wins & try to get something going,” said Day.
Next to Tiger Woods, Day drew the largest crowd of fans Friday during the 2nd round. Local fans were eager to root for their hometown favorite.
“We enjoy seeing all the golfers but especially Jason, a few years ago, we came out for a practice round & he took a selfie with my son Jacob and I think we’ve been a fan ever since,” said Jeff Lehman, a Columbus resident.
“I like to root for him because he’s a local guy he supports the Cavs and the Blue Jackets too so that’s cool as well,” said his son, Jacob Lehman.
As an avid Cavs fan, Day finds the time to attend games with his wife Ellie. He feels the pressure to win the Memorial even more in front of his hometown fans.
“Yes, it annoys me, I mean I want to play well in front of my family, you know friends and family come it and I want them yelling in the crowd when you’re in contention,” said Day.
And shooting a 68 for the 2nd straight round, Day’s put himself into contention sitting at 8 under par.
“We got a little bit of wind yesterday, but for the most parts it was pretty fair and in a good position going into the weekend,” said Day.