It’s no secret to anybody that Jason Day’s 2016-17 season didn’t go off according to the plan. To be fair, though, it’s tough to place any serious blame on Day himself for that. This is a player who has his priorities in line, and when it came down to family or golf, he chose to focus his energies on ensuring his mother was taken care of. Then came the tough decision to replace Colin Swatton – his lifelong friend and coach – as his professional caddie.
Frankly, that Day was able to seriously contend in any event under such tumultuous circumstances is impressive enough. That’s all in the past now, though, and Day is ready to move forward.
The former World No. 1 doesn’t typically choose to play in these fall events, but this is an important part of getting back in the groove for 2018. Day isn’t content to just be “above average” anymore. He knows that he’s a player who should be contending for majors, plural, each year.
That’s why Day is stretching out his season here in Korea. Once most of the personal struggles had been addressed, you started to see him recover quickly on the course. He finished inside the top-25 in each of his final six starts, dating back to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he went 12-for-20 overall in that category.
Look for Day to be the top player we’ve come to expect over the last several years once again in 2018. It all starts here.