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Make more clutch pars when you need them like Day

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After losing eight family members in the devastating typhoon that recently hit the Philippines, Jason Day overcame that personal tragedy to take individual honors and lead Australia to victory in the World Cup this past weekend in his home country at Royal Melbourne.

Day and his teammate Adam Scott finished 10 shots better than their American counterparts Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

After many professional events, we end up talking about the victorious player’s great final round, which oftentimes will be filled with numerous birdies en route to a low score.

Day managed only three birdies and an eagle to go along with a double bogey and two bogeys for a final round 1-under par 70.

It was his ability, however, to make par down the stretch, something runner-up Thomas Bjorn couldn’t do, that led to his victory.

Making birdies is great and adds excitement to any round of golf. But if you can have more pars on your scorecard than bogeys or worse, chances are you’re in for a good round.

Here are a few tips to help increase your chances to make more pars:

• Know when to go for birdie and when not to. A poor tee shot can change your plans quickly on any given hole. The important thing is that you don’t take extra risk by forcing a great second shot in hopes of making a birdie, which could lead to bogey or worse. Take your medicine and get the ball back in play, and you increase your chance to make par.

• Sharpen your short-game skills. Two-putt pars are nice, but most golfers miss more greens in regulation than they hit. Practice your short game from several locations around the practice green with the goal of getting the ball inside your gimme range.

• And since there’s technically no such thing as a gimme, work on those short putts. Practice your short putting enough so that 3-5-footers begin to feel automatic. This will take pressure away from your chipping or pitching by eliminating the feeling that you must get the ball to within a foot of the hole every time.

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