ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As aggressive as Jason Day looks with a golf club in his hand, his success is geared around patience. That’s what carried him to a one-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and put him on the cusp of returning to No. 1 in the world.
Patience works off the golf course, too.
Of the best three players in the world, Day was the only one to shut it down for the final three months of last year. He had another child on the way, but it also was his chance to pace himself for a long year. Even when 2016 rolled around, he played only four times the first 10 weeks.
He didn’t look sharp. He never was in contention.
And he never panicked.
“Once you get that opportunity — when you do get that opportunity — make sure you take that chance,” Day said.
The opportunity arose at Bay Hill, and Day delivered in a big way.
He was one shot behind Kevin Chappell with two holes remaining — two of the three toughest holes on the golf course — when Day hit a 5-iron into the cloudy sky and watched it land softly enough to roll out to 12 feet for a birdie he felt he simply had to make.
The putt looked…