JASON DAY’S already spectacular golfing career has gone up a serious notch with his wire to wire victory at the 2016 Players Championship.
All sorts of accolades were flying around for the 28 year old Aussie after his four shot win at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
Among all the statistical landmarks pointed out by the pundits, perhaps the most telling comment came from compatriot Adam Scott, who said Day’s seven wins in his past 17 starts was “Tiger-esque”.
Day is now just the seventh Australian to win at least 10 US PGA Tour events but is the first to do it before his 29th birthday.
In that bracket he joins just five other golfers – Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, David Duval and Phil Mickelson.
He also becomes the fourth Australian behind Steve Elkington, Greg Norman and Adam Scott to win the Players and joins Woods, Scott, Martin Kaymer and Mickelson as players to have won a major, a WGC event and the Players Championship in their careers.
He is the third world No.1 to win The Players, regarded as golf’s unofficial fifth major, along with Woods (2001, 2013) and Norman (1994).
Whilst Day’s performance on the course was impressive – he equalled the course record of 63 in the first round (along with Norman and others) set a new 36 hole record, then battled home with extreme green conditions on Saturday and the extra pressure of Sunday – his words and demeanour after the event were just as inspiring.
Day has become class act, have a look at his post round media conference below.
Also worth a look again is this compelling video that details Day’s struggles as a youngster. [Never Say Die – The Jason Day Story]
There’s also this obviously genuinely held sentiment expressed to a Golf Channel panel later in the evening:
“Hopefully [this win] inspires young golfers to pick up the game in Australia because we need more golfers.”
Jason Day The Players 2016 Winning News Conference