AUSTIN, Texas – In six starts at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Jason Day has never lost in the first round, although the round-robin format introduced in 2015 helped keep that streak alive, and the Australian has won the event twice.
So what’s his secret to the format?
“When it comes time to play match play you've just got to go out and try and beat them,” Day said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “You're not really friends for 18 holes and then when you get off the course you're back to being mates.”
Widely considered one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour, at the Match Play, Day has taken on a distinctly harder edge with impressive results having won the event last year and in 2014. Not that he’s apparently spent much time mulling his record in the event.
Asked on Tuesday to explain the unpredictability of match play, Day took a moment to consider the question before asking, “Who won it the year before Rory [McIlory in 2015]?”
“I did?” he smiled sheepishly. “I had no idea. That’s terrible, man.”
In Day’s defense, when you have a record like his it’s probably hard to keep all the success straight.