AUGUSTA, Ga. – You remember Jason Day, right?
He’s the guy who won the Farmers Insurance Open two months ago and was immediately labeled one of the Masters favorites. Well, he still is, it’s just that since that Southern California day, Jordan Spieth has gone on an impressive run, Dustin Johnson won a WGC event, Patrick Reed has been steady and Jimmy Walker remains the only two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
That list doesn’t even include Rory McIlroy and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.
It’s easy to see how Day could get lost in the pre-tournament shuffle, but the fifth-ranked player in the world says he’s learned from mistakes that cost him a chance at donning a green jacket in 2011 (tied for second place) and 2013 (third place).
In particular, Day’s performance two years ago was not easy for him to forget. He had the lead standing on the 16th tee but made bogey on that hole, then followed it with another on the seventeenth.
“Being able to control your breathing, so you don’t get too high and hit a 7-iron 20 yards longer than you should do,” he said Monday at Augusta National. “That’s very difficult to do, but the more times I try to put myself in contention, I think the easier it becomes.”
Day, 27, is much more seasoned since that April day two years ago. He’s won two PGA Tour events and is as healthy as he’s been in quite some time. Now it’s time to execute.
“I feel I have the game and the game plan to attack this golf course the way it needs to be,” Day said. “But there’s going to be a lot of stiff competition.
“I just want to keep knocking on the door. I think the more times I do it, hopefully it will fall my way soon.”