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.
“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.”