It’s easy to latch on to whoever wins the week before a major championship, but Jason Day’s win at last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson was the culmination of an incredible revival season for the 2015 PGA Champion.
"“…the highs and lows of golf is interesting,” Day was transcribed by ASAP Sports. “You definitely learn a lot about yourself through the lows more so than the highs obviously. I learned that I can handle the pressure still and focus, and I’ve still got the game to win.”"
The Aussie is up to seven top-10s in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. Day isn’t just re-ascending the Official World Golf Ranking by way of gobbling up high finishes at events like the Nelson. Day earned T-7th at the prestigious Farmers Insurance Open and rattled off three straight top-10s at designated events like the WM Phoenix Open (5th), Genesis Invitational (T-9th), and Arnold Palmer Invitational (T-10th).
The 35-year-old also played well at the Players Championship (T-9th), made the quarterfinals at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and made the cut at the Masters (T-39th).
He missed just his second cut of the season a couple weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship. Day made amends by earning PGA Tour victory No. 13.
A win this week or at any of the majors could be the push Day needs to enter the Hall of Fame discussion.
The former world No. 1 has a great track record at the majors highlighted by his triumph at Whistling Straits. In 44 starts, Day’s made 35 cuts and made 16 top-10s.
This season, Day ranks second on the PGA Tour in scrambling (69.93%). That’s always been a strength of his, being able to get up and down from everywhere.
Given how tight Oak Hill’s fairways are and how the rough expects to have some girth, missed greens are inevitable for everybody.
Day has no glaring weaknesses, as evidenced by a top-30 rank on the PGA Tour in every strokes gained category. He’s seventh in SG total per round (1.975).