Jason Day hasn’t gotten the win to receive complete validation, but he’s been playing some damn good golf lately.
Injuries and inconsistent form dropped the former world No. 1 in 2017 outside the top 100 four years later. Day has at times been forced to dial back some of his trademark power, but he’s getting the job done of late with a well-rounded game.
The Aussie got off to a great start to the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, taking T-8th in his second event at the Shriners Children’s Open. That began a streak of four consecutive top-25s. A missed cut at the RSM Classic is his only MC of the season.
Day hasn’t finished worse than T-19th in 2023, and that was at the Players Championship, which hosts a deeper field than the Masters.
The 35-year-old has three top-fives, including in his last start at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play where a run to the quarterfinals netted him a T-5th finish as far as the Official World Golf Ranking point denotes it.
If the 2015 PGA Champion is to get halfway to the career Grand Slam, ANGC seems like the spot to do it.
He nearly won in his tournament debut in 2011, posting 72-64-72-68 to finish T-2nd and two shots back of Charl Schwartzel. It was a wild Sunday with Day among a host of names who had a legitimate chance to win down the stretch.
Day had to withdraw in 2012 but bounced back in 2013 with solo third (70-68-73-70). Once again, he was two shots off the pace.
He finished T-28th or better every year from 2013-2019 with three top-10s in that span. Day missed the cut in his last two Masters, but his course history and current form will end that anomaly.
He tends to strike a good balance at this event of playing conservatively when necessary and picking the right times to notch up the aggression.
“You can’t be overly aggressive to this course,” Day was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2019.
"“I pretty much could run through every single hole where you need to hit it and where you can’t miss it, you know, and knowing that the past experiences of playing well here and being in contention or being in the lead, and you can obviously draw back on those things, as well.”"
Day ranks second on the PGA Tour in scrambling (70.29%). He’s fifth in total strokes gained per round (1.903) and 15th in SG putting (.613).