Following his second win in as many weeks, PGA Tour star and injury report frequent flyer Jason Day has once again limped his way to the top of the golf world.
In the minds of many golf fans, the newly-crowned World No. 1 is the favorite to win the Masters this week. However, my expert eye for what’s required to be great has uncovered a disturbing gap in his gameplan:
Jason Day is 100 percent healthy, and that spells disaster for his chances.
Believe it or not folks, but Day simply plays better when he’s injured. His victory at the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play Championship was another glaring example of how the Australian forced his opponents into submission despite having a broken back or something darn near close to it.
You know that guy in your office who always makes it into work despite having tuberculosis?
That guy wears Jason Day pajamas.
Not convinced? Well that’s stupid because I have more examples because I do research.
You’ll recall the horrors that Day experienced with bouts of vertigo at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. He almost won the British Open -- I define my majors by the empire hosting it -- with more vertigo symptoms. I don’t know about you, but I can barely make it into work with a papercut let alone play a round of golf on a glorified sandbox like Chambers Bay.
Anyway, back to the WGC. I’m definitely not a sports pharmacist or detective, but as soon as news broke on Wednesday of Match Play that Day injured his back and contemplated withdrawing, I knew golf fans were in store for something special. Golf writers immediately prepared for another “heroic golf moment in the making."
Of course, we all know what happened next. Day steps up to the first tee on Thursday against Thongchai Jaidee, pounds a drive 380-something yards, makes eagle and added another chapter in his medical file of greatness. He would make short work of his remaining opponents, including Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and disease, as he beat flu-like symptoms 3 and 2 after losing 11 lbs during the week in Austin.
Will this trend continue at Augusta this week? If you’re a instant lottery scratch-off player like me, I wouldn’t bet on it.
Make no mistake folks: Jason Day has been on a path to the Green Jacket for weeks, but unless he hurts himself pronto he’ll be just another face in the crowd on Sunday.
If you haven't figured out, this is satire.