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Won 2 Watch: Jason Day

Posted By High Fade On Jan 31 2011 @ 10:40 am In PGA | No Comments

Jason Day began his PGA Tour career in 2006 and like many young golfers before him, thought that he would take over the golfing world and immediately challenge for the #1 ranking.  After all, he was the young phenom out of Australia brimming with self confidence, so why would he think otherwise?

Utilizing sponsor exemptions throughout 2006, Day was quickly humbled, failing to earn his PGA Tour card for 2007 and relegated to entering Q school at the end of the season. Unable to secure his tour card through Q school, Day then played on the Nationwide Tour through out 2007.  Fortunately, he was able to gain valuable experience and at the age of 19, became the youngest player in history to win on either the PGA or Nationwide Tour.  Day then earned his PGA Tour card for 2008 and even though his expectations remained high, only managed to retain his tour card from 2008-2010.

Looking at Day’s 2010 season, he experienced some health problems, complaining of low energy and weakness while on the golf course.  As a result, Day almost withdrew from the 2010 Byron Nelson Classic but decided to fight through the adversity.  Great decision on his part, as Day captured his first PGA Tour victory at the historic Byron Nelson Classic.  It also didn’t hurt that lady luck was on his side, considering he held a 1 stroke lead playing the 18th hole, Day tried to finish the tournament off in style with an aggressive approach to the green.  However, his shot drifted long and left, narrowly missing the greenside water hazard.  Day was then left with a difficult up and down, as he managed to close out his first PGA Tour victory with a nervy 5 ft putt for par.

Looking at his game, Day is solid from tee to green, as his skill set is centered on his athleticism.  Day takes very aggressive lines off the tee and approach shots to the green. However, an aggressive game can also lead to errand shots, often at the most inopportune time, resulting in a player falling out of contention and or losing the opportunity to win a golf tournament. Nonetheless, sometimes your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness, so Day may decide to build a career from the “feast or famine” approach to golf, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Performance Outlook: Day is primed for a breakout season as he has the talent and the self confidence needed to be a great player.  However Day’s success going forward will be greatly dependent upon improving his course management skills and his ability to bridle his aggression on days when par is a good score. Therefore, look for Day to be on many leaderboards this year and don’t be surprised to see a 3 win season.  Day’s game is not quite ready for a major championship but if he is in the hunt on Sunday, he would be a great sleeper candidate to win his first major.  With steady play, Day will obtain a top 20 World Golf Ranking in 2011 and considering that the International team will be captained by Greg Norman and the host venue will be the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia,  it is a foregone conclusion that Jason Day will be a member of the 2011 Presidents Cup team.

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