December 18 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 13 Jason Day and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2014.
NO. 13 PLAYER TO WATCH: JASON DAY
2014 OUTLOOK: Jason Day should head into the 2014 season with considerable confidence after his emotional individual victory at the ISPS Handa World Cup at Royal Melbourne. Day, who had lost eight relatives, including his grandmother, in the typhoon that hit the Phillipines just two weeks earlier, also brought the team title home to Australia with Adam Scott. The 26-year-old Day's last victory came in 2010 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Since that win, Day has developed a reputation as the kind of player who comes up big on the game's biggest stages -- and top-10s in three of the four majors last year only solidified those credentials. His tie for second at the U.S. Open, two strokes behind Justin Rose, was Day's third runner-up finish in 12 major starts -- and six of those have been top-10s. He's nothing if not ready. -- Helen Ross
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Day did not make an official start during fall portion of the PGA TOUR's 2013-14 wrap-around schedule but he did win the ISPS Handa World Golf individual and team title.
Gets knocked around for having only one PGA TOUR victory but he's proven to be a no-worry investment when healthy. Survived all 21 cuts in 2013. Personal tragedy of losing eight family members to Typhoon Haiyan is a variable that may discourage some gamers, but it shouldn't. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
In my estimation, like his Aussie compatriot Adam Scott, Jason Day possesses one of the most technically sound golf swings in the game. Powerful, repeating and efficient, Day is an aggressive campaigner who appears to have no real glaring weaknesses. He has shown he can compete on the biggest stages and now it becomes a question of him dealing with the expectations, both from self and the public, and navigating his way to the mental and emotional place it takes to win those big ones. Suffice it to say he has the physical gifts and judging by his very diligent and focused pre-shot routine he looks to be working on getting his mind in the proper place. -- Mark Immelman
Jason is best on a big stage on a difficult golf course. He has such a great attitude that I think starts with a happy home life with wife Ellie and son Dash. Jason may be a player that needs a difficult golf course to be fully engaged with concentration. I’d say Pinehurst should provide plenty of challenge and success for the Aussie. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
If there’s a reason Day owns just one victory in 136 TOUR starts (despite an impressive 30 top-10s), it’s driving accuracy and iron play. Day carries a solid short game, but has ranked no better than 136th in driving accuracy and no better than 84th in greens hit in the past five seasons. -- Bill Cooney