J-Day continues his climb toward the top
By Peter Santo
Long hitting Australian Jason Day picked up his third career victory at scenic Torrey Pines on Sunday. The win moves Day to 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Day defeated feel good story JB Holmes, who was in contention for the first time since winning the Wells Fargo Championship in 2014, on the second playoff hole.
Day appeared poised for big things in 2014 after his victory at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. However Day struggled to remain healthy for the remainder of the season and never contended for another title. Now fully healthy, Day hopes this can be the first step in his climb toward the top of the game.
After struggling through most of the final round on a golf course that proved to be very difficult, Day played his best when the pressure was at its highest. He sunk a 48 foot birdie putt at 16 and then made a 10 footer to save par at 17.
Day saved his best play for the playoff. After leaving his second shot short of the green at the first playoff hole (the par 5 18th) Day pitched to a foot and tapped in for birdie to continue the playoff.
The playoff then moved to the par 3 16th, a hole Day had birdied just an hour earlier. After Holmes flew the green with his tee shot, Day hit a towering 6 iron from 210 yards to just 15 feet, one of the best shots of the week on 16 given the circumstances.
Holmes failed to get up and down from behind the green and Day two putted for par and the win.
For a guy who has come as close to winning a major as Day has, this being just his third win on tour is surprising. After a start to the year similar to the one he had a year ago, Day again looks to be on his way to the top.
In an era where golf is looking for challengers to clear-cut world number one Rory Mcilroy, Day appears to be one of the few who could be up to the task.
He has all the making of a future major champion, he’s long and straight off the tee, excellent around the greens and he has the mind to stand up under the pressure. Look out for big things from Day in the remainder of 2015.