Day Wins The ‘5th Major,’ Continues Tiger-esque Run
Sunday afternoon Jason Day hoisted his 3rd trophy in 10 weeks following another wire-to-wire win, taking The Players Championship with a weekend -15.
The world #1 led Thursday to Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach at TPC Sawgrass, making it his 3rd wire-to-wire win since the 2015 BMW Championship (2nd – Arnold Palmer Invitational).
The win handed Day the $1.89 million prize, the richest in golf, but it also solidified something else, his separation from the pack. Over the 2016 season, Day has 3 wins and all but 1 of his 7 other tournament showings have yielded top-25 finishes. It’s a run that Adam Scott called ‘Tiger-esque’ and after Sunday’s round, Day gave us some insight into how Tiger-esque it really is.
“It’s been an amazing kind of journey for me to be able to idolize him as a junior guy and growing up and now I’m good mates with him and I get to pick his brain about what he did when he was dominating.”
The Aussie has Tiger Woods in his pocket, letting him in on what it takes to finish and Day has taken that advice to heart with a resume that boasts 5 wins when holding a 54-hole lead.
Woods addressed his relationship with Day as well, saying, “When I came up I had the opportunity to learn from so many different players… Different guys from different generations but they never told me how to do it their way. So I try to impart my own touch to it (giving advice), and that’s what Jason’s doing. He asks great, in-depth questions and he wants to get better.”
Tiger Woods had this to say about his relationship with world No. 1 Jason Day: https://t.co/Gdbyma8r8C
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) May 16, 2016
Day doesn’t just want to get better, he’s looking to stay at the very top of golf, especially if Tiger is planning a comeback, saying, “I’ve never been more motivated to be No. 1 in the world… All the hard work that I’ve put into my game right now has paid off, but I’ve got to keep working hard to win as much as I can… I have to keep pushing, because Tiger says he’s going to kick my butt when he comes back.”