Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Day Practices with Ohio Governor No. 1 Player Invites Kasich to Join Group

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Day Practices with Ohio Governor No. 1 Player Invites Kasich to Join Group

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It is not very often when Jason Day, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, isn't the most famous person in his foursome.

But when one of your playing partners was a Republic presidential candidate who suspended his campaign just a month ago, the slight is understandable.

Day was at Oakmont Country Club Friday, his first appearance there in nearly 10 years, playing a practice round in preparation for the U.S. Open that begins next week. But even his stature as the hottest and best player in the game took a back seat to one of the other members of his foursome, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"As a kid, this would have been only a place where I might have been able to drive by and never be able to drive in," said Kasich, a McKees Rocks native. "To be here with the No. 1 player in the world - it doesn't matter who I was with - this is just a fantastic place."

Kasich lives near Day in Columbus, Ohio, and the two are members at the same golf club, Double Eagle. They have a mutual friend in Mark Kvamme, a Columbus-based venture capitalist and former Kasich administration official.

So when Day asked Kvamme to join him at Oakmont for a practice round he suggested he bring the governor along, as well. They were joined by Zurich executive vice president Randall Clouser. It was the first time Day played with Kasich.

"It was pretty neat," Day said. "He definitely loves golf."

Friday was the first of five days of preparation for Day, who comes to Oakmont as one of the favorites to win the tournament he led after 54 holes a year ago, despite battling a case of vertigo. Day eventually finished tied for ninth, but it was what he did after the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay that was nothing short of astounding.

After missing a playoff by one shot at the British Open, he finished the season with four victories in his final seven starts, including winning his first his major, the PGA Championship, and two FedEx Cup playoff events. …

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