Jason's journey: Day learned to succeed by failing first

EDISON, N.J. – For a time, unraveling the mystery of Jason Day had been an exercise in psychology.

To observers far and wide he was a bona fide five-tool guy from the moment he arrived at the PGA Tour doorstep in 2008. So much talent, so much desire, so many ways to come up painfully short.

Long even by bomber-circuit standards with decent touch and unfiltered confidence, the meteoric rise we’ve come to expect from such phenoms was slow at first, with his maiden Tour victory coming in 2010, and then seemingly nonexistent.

He came up short to history at the 2013 Masters when Adam Scott became the first Australian to slip into one of the coveted green jackets, an accomplishment many thought Day was destined to achieve.

He was squeezed by the tight confines of Merion at the 2013 U.S. Open, slowed by vertigo at this year’s national championship at Chambers Bay and stunned when his birdie putt at the 72nd hole last month at St. Andrews missed its mark.

For all the power and potential there was something missing, some unquantifiable element that stood between Day and his destiny. That is, until he arrived at Whistling Straits last month.

At the PGA Championship Day overcame the Sunday pressure that had become such a firewall to his major hopes, the season’s best player in Jordan Spieth and arguably the year’s most demanding golf course to break through a grass ceiling that, in retrospect, was of his own making.

In short, student had become teacher.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 31 Aug 2015 13:27:41

 



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