by Mark Hayes on Pebble Beach
(Photo from USGA / Jason Miczek)
There was about the same level of chatting today over the ropes for Steve Williams and his new player.
That is obvious, but today there was certainly a big buzz around Jason Day when he boarded the next era of his big championship career with & # 39; the world's best caddy.
The Australian, who said his new engagement with caddy Williams felt "nice", made a birdie in the last hole to start his US Open campaign with a one-under-par round of 70.
Fans on track – and more on social media – were talking more about Williams in his first round, and came out of what they thought was retired after stunningly successful stints with Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and others.
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And as he recoiled after his round, Williams said, "It felt good" to get close to the US Open.
When asked if it made sense to ride a bike, Williams grinned and said, "I still remember how to carry a bag, yes."
Dag was naturally – and more formally – asked how the chemistry of the new relationship had begun.
"We have worked very, very hard," said the Queenslander.
"So we tried to stay on top of it, and I feel it will only get better.
"I'm looking for the right photo & # 39; s that he's asking for, and it looks like it's working nicely."
The day said he had made the best of a lap that could have gotten dirty if his focus wandered.
"This is one of those days when you feel that if you were not disciplined enough, you could hit the same spot as me, but run off with one, two or three par.
"But I walk away with a substandard (s). I think it's a step in the right direction.
"I feel where my mindset is and where the chemistry is between me and Steve, that as long as I can concentrate on that, things might fall on me."
Day made a rare bogey in uncomplicated fourth place, but hit a laser to one meter in the par-three fifth to kick-start a hat trick with birds that were the backbone of his round.
"That was important after that bogey, so I was happy about that."