Jason Day is preparing for the Players Championship.
Jason Day is preparing for the Players Championship. Richard Heathcote

Sawgrass woes could be down to three wood

He might be ranked the No.1 player in the world, but Jason Day would be the first to admit he has traditionally struggled at TPC Sawgrass, home of this week's Players Championship.

The Queenslander has missed the cut at the event, regarded as the fifth major, three times in five starts, and the last time he was there he shot a second-round 81 - the second-highest score of his career.

The answer could lie with the problem he has hitting his three wood, a club players use off the tee on as many as six holes at the Ponte Vedra layout in Florida.

"If there's one club in the bag that's uncomfortable for me at times - it's the three wood," Day said. "Everyone has an uncomfortable club in their bag. We just don't talk about it. I'm okay with talking about it."

His option is to use a two iron, although that costs him up to 32 metres in distance.

"That's three clubs," Day said. "That is a big difference. But I have to weigh up between hitting an iron or three wood, just because if I miss it in the rough, you're going to get fliers out of here - and if you get fliers out of the rough, it's very difficult to hold the greens."

Day, who has won six times in his past 16 starts, is one of six Australians in the field for the Players. He will play the first two rounds with the man he replaced at the top of the world rankings, American Jordan Spieth, and South Africa's Branden Grace.

The other Aussies are Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch and John Senden.

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