You’re having some good Day’s
The boy wonder, Rory McIlroy, the guy everyone is talking about in golf. After his sensational opening round 60 at St. Andrews one year ago, to his brilliant three and a half rounds at Augusta, to his unstoppable performance at Congressional, he has been on the lips of every single person in golf right now. Labelled so high, and at such a young age.
And McIlory is at the tip of a pyramid of promising young golfers. There’s the 18 year old Italian Matteo Manassero, the 19 year old Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa and the American Rickie Fowler, all of whom are coming into the public view point, and without doubt will become bigger threats in the years to come.
But, like these golfers, there’s another one who has almost flown under the radar. Lets set the scene, in four majors, he has finished in the top ten three times, and made the cut all four times. He is now one of the top ten golfers in the world, number eight to be exact. Ahead of Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, as well as Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and every single other Australian on the board.
So why is no one talking up the chances of Jason Day then?
His first major came at last years Open Championship, and after making the cut in difficult conditions he finished back in tied 60th. Then, he improved to 10th in the USPGA, and then tied 2nd in the Masters, two shots behind the champion Schwartzel, level with compatriot Adam Scott. Then decided to follow that with another 2nd in the US Open, two shots ahead of four others, but of course well behind McIlroy.
Day certainly has the record so far in the major events, and is looking like a serious contender for any future major championship. Certainly at least, he is far more consistent than McIlroy. And he’s a pretty decent golfer, with a more laidback approach to his golf, and a good relaxed style which works well under the immense pressure you will be under at a major championship.
Links courses won’t be his cup of tea, of course not. His style of attacking golf will struggle at what will be a difficult Royal St. Georges golf course, he can’t afford to attack every single hole, otherwise he will be punished with the thick rough and impossible-to-get-out-of bunkers. But on a strong day, while the others struggle, he can certainly go out and threaten the current big boys of golf.
There won’t be a lot of pressure on him. Far more so on the English on making sure they are the first Englishman to win the Open since 1992 (Faldo in Muirfield) and on English soil (Tony Jacklin at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in 1969). Pressure on McIlroy to continue his dominating form, on Oosthuizen to return it, for any of the Americans to prove that their dominance isn’t over.
So it could prove useful for Day, he’s under no pressure, and neither his his Australian compatriot Adam Scott. Who has also somewhat of an improvement inside the last several years. But once again the difficult links conditions will provide impossible to guess realistically who can go out and do well. Should it suit Day though, he could do very well indeed.