Jason Day continues his domination on the PGA Tour. At -15, Day won by 4 shots over Kevin Chappell. Day has now won 7 of his last 15 starts. That winning percentage is simply amazing, and can only be compared to one other golfer, Tiger Woods. Matt Kucher and Justin Thomas also finished in a tie for third. Day won The Players wire-to-wire, meaning he led at the end of each round. The win also cemented Day’s place on the Official World Golf Rankings. Day is now securely the number one ranked player.
Day’s round on Sunday sometimes wasn’t pretty, but he was able to limit the damage and keep his round rolling. On number 9, a par 5, Day had to take 3 chips to find the green turning a very good birdie chance into barely making a bogey. Day then made the turn and cruised to the win. He made birdies on 10, 12, and 16 before making pars on the famous island green 17th and the treacherous 18th.
Jordan Spieth struggled mightily this week in his first tournament back since his Masters meltdown. He missed the cut by one shot early Saturday morning. Phil Mickelson was another big name to miss the cut. For Lefty, he now has a little less than a month before the US Open to get his game into shape. Phil has won each of the other three majors and, therefore, needs to win the US Open to complete the career Grand Slam. Defending Players Champion Ricky Fowler also missed the cut, but stayed for the weekend to present Day with his new trophy.
Starting this Thursday is the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, which is played in Irvin, Texas. Texan Jordan Spieth is expected to compete along with Keegan Bradley and Sergio Garcia.
In Tiger Woods related news, he was on site at the Quicken Loan’s National media day. Tiger basically said he has been practicing but still does not know when he will return. Looking at the PGA schedule for the next month, Tiger always plays The Memorial (Jack Nicholas Hosts), which is in early June. Next he would play the US Open and the following week is the Quicken Loans. Tiger is running out of time if he is hoping to return for the US Open and compete to win. At the end of the media event, Tiger hit 3 wedge shots on the par 3 10th hole, all of which landed in the water short of the green. I hope this is not representative of the current state of his game.