Tiger Woods texts with Jason Day pretty often, and the messages usually divulge some golf wisdom that only a guy who has won 79 times on the PGA Tour can offer.
Day appreciates the gesture and the mentoring, but he said Thursday that he doesn’t always pick up what Woods is putting down.
“His text messages, I have to digest them a little bit more, because he is very smart,” said Day. “He has to kind of dumb it down to my level, man. [He’s] saying these words, I’ve got to try to think them through.”
These aren’t “If a tree falls in the woods …” kind of messages, but Woods, who thinks about the game perhaps more than any of its greatest champions, has a lot to offer on the psychology of winning. Day, who won The Barclays by six last week for his third PGA Tour win in four starts, is soaking it up as best he can.
“It’s been really cool,” said Day, who has played a number of practice rounds with Woods this year. “Who wouldn’t want that mentorship from a player like that, especially on the golf course? To be able to receive text messages, and ask him questions, and him being so open towards me has been fantastic.”
If Day wins this week at TPC Boston, he may be able to pick Woods’ brain on being No. 1 in the world. Were Day to win and current No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Jordan Spieth both finish outside the top two, then the Aussie could become the top player in the Official World Golf Ranking.