Tag:Jason Day
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 8:09 pm

Day slides into 2nd, eyes own breakthrough, too

BETHESDA, Md. -- We probably should reserve some of the gushing from the 111st U.S. Open for the guy who finished second.

After all, Australia's Jason Day is all of a year older than Rory McIlroy and is just getting his Grand Slam feet wet as well.

Keeping a remarkable run alive, the 23-year-old from Queensland finished in the top 10 for the third straight time at a major championship, though it marked his first appearance at each event.

The entertaining Aussie shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday at Congressional Country Club to finish eight shots behind Rory McIlroy, who was playing at a completely different level this week. Still, that's pretty darned strong for an Open first-timer, to say the least.

"I'm not going to go home and cry because I got whooped," Day said. "But Rory, you can't beat a guy that's gone out and played as well as he has this week. He just didn't miss a beat, played phenomenal golf, and I played really, really solid golf over the weekend, which I really wanted to do, and I'm very, very happy to finish second."

It was a race for the runner-up spot, to be sure. McIlroy led from wire to wire, but Day moved up the board steadily, shooting 65 on Saturday after entering the weekend at 1 over.

His 8-under total was the best in Open history for a runner up by two strokes and would have been good enough to win 49 of the previous 50 national championships. Day would have taken that figure before the tournament and bet the house it would have stood up.

"Definitely, I would have said you're nuts," he said of the possibility it would not be enough. "Obviously coming to a U.S. Open that I've never played before, I was thinking that 4 under was going to win it, and what is it, 16- or 17-under?"

McIlroy finished 16 under, shattering 72-hole scoring records relative to par and for raw overall score by four strokes each.

"It's just phenomenal golf," Day said. "He lapped the field, and for such a young age, how mature he is.  Golf right now is in a really, really good spot where Rory McIlroy is right now."

Day finished T10 at the PGA Championship last fall and T2 at the Masters in April, though just like this week, he was making his first appearances at each. Similar to McIlroy, Day has an undeniable charisma and panache, which has endeared him to American audiences.

While Day has one victory and McIlroy has three, based on their performances in the majors, these two could be fighting it out for years, given the fast start to their respective careers.

"Obviously if you go around to each country, each country has their own rising star coming up," Day said. "This is the start of it, and obviously Rory is leading it, and there's a bunch of other great golfers out there that obviously we need to work a little harder to get to the level of Rory.

"But you're right, we really are going to start a new generation, and it's really fun. I think it's great for golf."

Category: Golf
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:25 pm

Newbie or not, Day busts out tricks

MARANA, Ariz. -- For a kid who is still learning the ropes in golf's big leagues to some degree, Jason Day has this match-play stuff fairly well figured out.

The popular Aussie, 23, who won for the first time last year at the Byron Nelson, had plenty of match-play experience as an amateur in competitions back home. So, while the Accenture Match Play Championship is a different animal, it's still the same species.

Day won 3 and 2 over Korea's Kyung-Tae Kim and wasted little time using some time-honored match-play devices to increase his odds of winning. Day, one of the most engaging players around, freely volunteered afterward that he resorted to some gamesmanship right from the start.

"It's just different strategy," Day said, sagely. "I made him putt 1 1/2-foot putt on the first hole, just to say, 'I'm not going to give you any of those.' Just to know that, you know, it's going to be a hard match to play."

That wasn't all. 

"I made the choice to walk in front of him all the time, to be in front of him, just to show him that I was there, show him that I'm still around, instead of walking behind him and him being in front," Day said. "So it was a little bit of a tactic to say, 'I'm still here, I'm still going to fight and I'm going to try and win as good as I could.'"

Category: Golf
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