The Barclays Player In Focus: Jason Day Ready for Breakthrough Victory
At just about every turn during the 2013 PGA Tour season, Jason Day has displayed top form. I don’t anticipate The Barclays to be any different just because it is the beginning of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It’s difficult to believe that Day has yet to pick up a victory this year, especially considering he is ranked 14th in the FedEx Cup standings and 18th in the official world golf rankings.
In 17 starts this year Day has eight top 25 finishes, six top 10 results, two third place finishes and a runner-up in the record books. He should come into Liberty National Golf Club well rested considering he took last week off to fine-tune his game in preparation for the playoffs. He’s also made it to the weekend in 21 consecutive starts and I wouldn’t bet on that streak to stop this week.
Day hasn’t been far from picking up big wins this year, but has always seemed to come up just short of the winner’s circle. It’s not going to be long before he breaks through – and that should be a dangerous thought to the rest of the field. Once he wins I expect him to pick up a few more in a very short period of time. His worst finish in a major this year is a tied for 32nd at the Open Championship, while his best result was a tie for second at the U.S. Open. He also finished third at the Masters. Considering the playoffs boast a major-like atmosphere, Day should feel right at home.
The Aussie has the game to make it all the way through these playoffs and take home the $10 million winner’s share of the playoff prize. I can’t imagine that it would surprise anyone if he were to pick up one or two wins throughout the playoffs.