Friday, February 25, 2011

Jason Day Is Quickly Becoming My Favorite Golfer

There are too many eggshells in golf. Rory McIlroy makes a point about a power shift and people freak out. Tiger Woods drops a f-bomb and the world explodes. John Daly is, well, John Daly.

But the way Jason Day is going about his work at the Accenture Match Play is exactly what the golf world could use more of; a little gamesmanship that isn't just chuckles and high fives. Phil Mickelson smiling at Rickie Fowler after another putt drops is fine, but don't we want a little villainous qualities in some of our players? Wasn't that why Ian Poulter was so great in the '08 Ryder Cup? Because we wanted to hate the guy so much?

Day toyed with Paul Casey on Thursday, and it was fantastic, highlighted by a short putt Day made Casey putt out, that caused some stares from the Englishman.

"He looked really angry at me, too. It was only about a foot and a half. So he missed a -- obviously I three-putted that hole. He had a four foot, four or five foot putt and he missed it low side. And it's not that I -- he was going to miss. I knew he was going to hole it. But it's not about that hole, it's about the future holes coming on. So if I can make him a little angry, if I can, you know, get him out of his game plan and force him to make silly decisions out there, you know, that's obviously part of the mind games that you play. Obviously match play is a different format to stroke play. At the end of the day, you're all mates and stuff. But when you're playing against the guy across from you, you want to try to beat him as quick as possible," Day said.

This comes a day after Day admitted to walking slowly in front of his first round opponent, Kyung-Tae Kim, to kinda get him out of his rhythm. You can hate the tactics, but I love them. Make the other guys think a little more than they're used to, and play some games with them.

It's worked for Day so far, and with J.B. Holmes up next, I'm sure Day has worked out something to get under his skin. May I suggest playing really, reeeeally slow?

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Anonymous said...

I play golf at a competitively high level and honestly don't have a problem with one player making another putt anything. Or even playing at a slightly different pace than usual depending on the situation. Things out of line are such as intentionally moving or make noise during the other player's swing.
However the idea of playing really really slowly, is not a good one. Game needs more fast players, not slower ones, if you play at all, you know what I am talking about. And most PGA players say the same.

Patricia Hannigan said...

Jason Day is awesome on so many levels.

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