The Jason Day Show is About to Begin

Jason Day, 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
Jason Day, 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

Buckle up everyone, the Jason Day show is about to begin.

Roll back the years to 2015 and Jason Day was the most in-form golfer on the planet and ready to make history.

At the start of the 2015 PGA Tour season Day was a known golfer but by no means a household golfing name. That all changed when he traveled to San Diego in February to beat Harris English, J.B. Holmes, and Scott Stallings in a playoff to win the Farmers Insurance Open and begin a historic run.

What followed this win was something which at the time had only been achieved in the modern game by Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Jordan Spieth, winning 5 or more times on the PGA Tour in a single season.

After winning the RBC Canadian Open in July, Day went on to win his first major championship at Whistling Straits, the PGA Championship. A tournament he has since always performed well at.

Day wrote a further line in the history books with this major win by becoming the first player to finish a major at -20, something later achieved by Henrik Stenson (2016 Open), Dustin Johnson (2020 Masters), and Cam Smith (2022 Open).

Often a golfer’s form can fade after they win a major, but this was not the case for Day. Jason Day kept up the pressure and won the Barclays and the BMW Championship that summer.

With a major victory under his belt and the OWGR world number one position secured, Day marched into 2016 to win three of golf’s biggest events outside of the majors, namely the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Match Play, and a wire-to-wire win at the Players Championship.

What followed was a slow and steady decline in form and frustration from back injuries until hitting a low of 145th in the OWGR in 2020, Day’s lowest rank since 2009.

That’s now all in the past for Jason Day.

Jason has curated a meteoric return to 20th in the OWGR after seven top-10 finishes this season.  By contrast, that’s an OWGR ranking that Rickie Fowler has not achieved since 2019.

Last week Day carded an unbeatable 64-69-66-62 to finish at -23 and win the AT&T Byron Nelson. Not only is the Australian finding form at the perfect time, but Day must also be feeling nostalgic as the HP Byron Nelson Championship (as it was then known) was his first victory on the PGA Tour back in 2010.

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Nostalgia is good news this week for Day who finished T8 the last time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hill Country Club in 2013.

Jason Day will be keen to better that finish this week and earn his second career major, something which is hard to argue that his career does not merit.