Jason Day entered the final round at TPC Sawgrass with a 4 stroke lead. After a front nine score of 38, his lead shrank to just two as a multitude of competitors congregated behind him. Justin Thomas shot a 65 and got into the clubhouse at 10-under par while Day was still on the front nine. Players like former champion Matt Kuchar, Ken Duke and Colt Knost all got to the 10-under par number as well at one point in their rounds. The closest competitor was Kevin Chappell who shot a 32 on the back nine to finish at 11-under par. That however was not good enough to catch Day. Jason was able to get the lead back to four shots with birdies on 10, 12, and 16. Day did not falter down the stretch. He played precise and smart golf, and was able to ride his putter to victory. Day was able to regain his composure on the back nine and slam the door on any chances of a comeback by the rest of the field.
Day continues his dominance over the last 12 months notching his 3rd win of the season. He placed 10th at the Masters as well. He is the number one golfer in the world and rightly so. He uses his length to his advantage but never plays reckless. He plays smart and that has propelled him to the top. He is the best player in the world right now and it really isn’t close. Spieth has faltered as of late, everyone knows of his collapse at Augusta, but besides that he hasn’t played his best since January. Rory is hitting the ball as good as anyone, including Day, but his putter and his focus has let him down. He is making too many mental miscues and mistakes on the weekend and that has kept him out of the winners circle. Fowler has appeared at times like he belongs among the mix as the worlds best but at other times he just looks average at best. Jason Day has been playing unbelievable golf since August and it doesn’t appear to be stopping. The closest to him I believe is McIlroy and both their downfalls begin with the putter. The difference is Day has the occasional weeks when his putter goes cold and Rory has weeks where his putter occasionally gets hot. That is the difference between winning 8 times in the last year and a half and not notching a PGA Tour win in over a year.
It will be interesting to see if Day can keep his dominating performance going into the years second major, which is only a month away.