Duval: At his best, Day is the best

By Randall MellApril 5, 2016, 5:48 pm

When Jason Day is on, nobody’s going to beat him.

That’s what former world No. 1 David Duval believes based on the improvements he sees in Day’s swing and all-around game.

During Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” telecast Tuesday, Duval weighed in on Day’s evolving skills and also on the danger of thrusting unreasonable expectations upon Jordan Spieth.

About Day, Duval said he is impressed with how he is expanding his arsenal of shot making.

“He is clearly the best player in the world right now, I don’t think there’s any question,” Duval said. “He has shown that through a lot of last year, certainly through the end of last year, and through this year. It is no surprise he is No. 1.”

Duval believes the work Day has done in the transition at the top of his back swing is one of the keys to Day’s rise to the top of the game.


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“You watch him hit golf balls now, there almost has become a discernible pause at the top of his swing, where you can see that transition getting better and better,” Duval said. “If he does that, there is nobody who is going to beat him. He is that good. ... We’ve talked about Jordan Spieth, we’ve talked about Rory McIlroy, we’ve talked about the talent of Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, but day in and day out this is as sound as it gets.”

Duval also believes Day has developed a helpful new shot.

“The one thing that he has really adapted and improved on is the soft-arms, three-quarter shot that he really did not have last year” Duval said. “I think that has really gotten him over that hump, if you will. 

“We’ve also talked about how sound mechanically he is from the putter through the driver. The only real hiccup he has, every now and again, is the transition that can get quick. That just throws him out of rhythm, out of sync.”

Duval also commented on the expectations Spieth is saddled with entering the major championship season based on his run at the Grand Slam last year.

“You have to remember this is a very young man, and, heck, he would have just been out of school,” Duval said. “To have a historical year like he had, for us sitting outside watching it, it’s really not fair to try to expect him to win two majors . . . it just doesn’t happen.

“At this point, we want to jump on and compare him to Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Let’s slow down. You are talking about special, special people in the history of the game, with special talents. Is there a possibility he gets to 7, 8 or 10 majors? Absolutely. We would all think that, but chasing down these bigger numbers, let’s all slow down, OK. Let’s allow the young man to mature into this, to grow up and improve as he seeks history in this game.”

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.