2013 had been a year full of close calls for Jason Day. In 21 PGA Tour starts, he racked up seven top-ten finishes with three in the top three. He contended in three of the four majors, including a third-place finish at the Masters and coming in as runner-up to Justin Rose in the U.S. Open. All things considered, it was a solid year, but one that begged the question, “what might have been?”
At least for now, Day has some sweet satisfaction on the golf course, as he won the ISPS World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The victory, his first since the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship, also cemented a win for his native Australia in the team competition, as Adam Scott rallied back from an opening-round 75 to finish third overall. Team USA, consisting of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman, finished second at -7 as Streelman struggled through the entire weekend.
This homecoming win could be just what Day needed, both on the course and off. Far be it from me, of course, to insinuate that any golf match could make up for the personal losses he and his family sustained due to the typhoon that hit the Philippines last week, but certainly having the support of friends and loved ones can do wonders for one’s mental state.
As far as on-course successes go, Day has been one of those players that you look at and don’t realize that he’s only won one time on Tour in his career, mainly because he always seems to be in contention. He didn’t play in any of the fall tournaments this year, but when the season picks up again in January, he’s still going to be at the top of many people’s lists to possibly win a major and contend for the FedEx Cup.
I think this could be the year that Day finally puts it all together and reaches a new level in his career. He’s shown he has what it takes to be one of the best players on Tour, and with a few weeks off to relax and enjoy the holidays, look for Day to make that move in 2014.