Jason Day struggles with his driver, but stays in contention

CARMEL, Ind. — Jason Day hasn’t exactly disappeared.

His driver, however, is presently playing hide-and-seek.

Just shy of four months ago, Day left TPC Sawgrass as The Players champion, his blend of power and accuracy with his driver the ultimate weapon in golf. It was his third victory of 2016 and the seventh in 17 starts.

Back then he was hitting nearly 60% of the fairways with his driver and solidly entrenched at the top of the official world golf rankings. Since then, however, he’s winless in eight events, with his once trusted driver causing him fits.

He hit just 31% of the fairways at the RBC Canadian Open, 35% of the fairways in The Barclays and 37.5% in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He maxed out at 46% in the British Open at Royal Troon and didn’t surpass 53% in any of his other three starts.

He’s maintained his No. 1 status in large part because of one of the game’s best putters and iron play. Although he’s racked up four top-10s since The Players, including a second in the PGA and a tie…

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