Tiger-esque: Day adds Players title to dominant run

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – There was a time players trying to close out a victory didn’t wantTiger Woods in their heads.

They didn’t want him trashing things in there, rattling focus, smashing confidence and busting up their plans to win a trophy.

Tiger is in Jason Day’s head now, but this Tiger, the circa-2016 Tiger, is a welcome guest.

For Day, it’s a good thing, but not so much for all those players Day is learning to beat with regularity.

With his four-shot victory Sunday at The Players Championship, Day has now won seven of his last 17 PGA Tour starts. Three of those were wire to wire, including this week’s virtuoso performance at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. Day showed the growing versatility of his game this past week, navigating through changing conditions so extreme it seemed as if he won on two entirely different golf courses.

Day, 28, won pounding driver and attacking flagsticks in a record assault on a soft course over the first two days. He won tying the course record with a 63 on his way to setting the 36-hole scoring record of 14 under. And he won scrambling on the weekend, holing one clutch putt after another to save important pars as the course grew firmer, faster and more severe.

In the end, Day led the field in both driving distance (311.6 yards per drive) and scrambling.

That’s seven titles over the last nine months for Day, five more victories than Jordan Spieth andAdam Scott, the only other players to win more than one PGA Tour start over that span.

“Well, that's Tiger-esque, that kind of a run,” said Scott, a fellow Aussie. “I try to imagine how good Tiger felt playing five years into his pro career and having won 50 events. Imagine how you'd feel confidence-wise?

“Jason must be feeling something like that at the moment. That’s an incredibly nice way to walk out on the golf course, and you can see it with Jason.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 16 May 2016 13:11:30



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