IRVING, Texas -- This is probably the most discouraging thing I've heard all day. Jason Day said on Wednesday he will eschew his 2-iron (a club today's pros rarely use) for a 1-iron (a club pros never use).
To think, I can barely hit an 8-iron.
Day said the change is because of the Dallas wind and because he feels like it will adequately prepare him for the British Open in July:
"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."
Winds are expected to reach 25-30 miles per hour all four days at the Byron Nelson. When asked how many golfers have a 1-iron in their bag, Day chuckled and said, "I wouldn't think there would be too many."
This isn't his first time, though. Day said he had a 1-iron in his bag when he was 13:
"I had a Callaway set and I think it was X-12s and 1-iron all the way through to sand wedge and that was the last time. Long time ago."
Again, he was 13 and swinging a 1-iron!
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The article was written in 2005.
Nevertheless, Day, who is a former champion at TPC Four Seasons Resort, will use the club specifically for this course. He said other than Augusta, there's not a course out there he's played better:
"I don't know what it is about the course. I think the people are great here, the fans are really nice, I always have a good time when I'm here, the media treats me well, and for some reason I play good around this course."
He'll try to play well enough this week to rack up his second win in four years here. And he'll be doing it with a club in his bag nobody else will touch.