Add Jason Day to the list of top players that has yet to win a Major Championship.
Day won the Accenture Match Play from Dove Mountain on Sunday for his first World Golf Championships victory. The win is not a big surprise though. Day has been playing some great golf over the last year and has been routinely in contention to win Majors. In fact, he has been a favorite of PGABettingOdds.com to pick to win several tournaments that he entered.
Day was a No.2 seed in the bracket, and defeated surprise finalist Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes in the final match. The victory capped off a very long day that began with the semifinals earlier in the morning.
The win vaults Day to No.4 in the world golf rankings behind Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Henrik Stenson.
This win could be a defining moment in Day’s career. It could be that signature win he was looking for to move forward and start winning Majors.
Anyone who has followed golf knows that Day has been right there. In 2013 alone, Day held the lead for at least a time during the final rounds of both the Masters and the U.S. Open. It was just a few shots here and there that kept him from winning both. He has been very close on a number of other occasions. Perhaps the win in a World Golf Championships event like this can give him the confidence going forward.
Day is certainly peaking at the right time. The Masters is just about 40 days away, and golfers want to be playing their best heading into the Majors.
The PGA Tour will move to Florida this week for the Honda Classic, and remain in Florida for the month of March. Day withdrew from the Honda Classic field following the lengthy and grueling Match Play victory. No one can really blame him for that. It is an exhausting week of golf for those that make the semifinals and finals.
Day will probably play at the WGC Cadillac Championship at TPC Blue Monster, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational later in March.
It will be exciting to see Day play in the coming weeks as he prepares for Augusta. Don’t be surprised to see him in the top-three favorites behind Woods and Mickelson, and definitely in the realm of fellow Australian Scott.