In the aftermath of Jason Day’s wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship, the Australian has signaled his intent to push on and keep winning.
Day has now completed 10 career wins, with the Players Championship being his seventh in his previous 17 starts. Sunday was the fifth consecutive 54-hole lead that Day has converted into silverware.
While those statistics make for impressive reading, the 28-year-old is not about to rest on his laurels. Careers are short, he is intent on making hay while the sun shines.
“This is great to be The Players champion, but now once tonight is done and tomorrow starts, it’s another week that I have to get ready and prepare for the next tournament that’s coming up, because it’s never enough,” he said.
“Winning is never enough, and I’ve got to try and do it as much as I can before my time is over.”
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) May 15, 2016
Day began his final round with a sizeable four-shot lead and admitted that he struggled to deal with the mind set of being expected to win rather than having to earn it.
“I’m sitting there going, ‘Don’t choke.’ That would be the worst thing in the world,” Day said. “Everyone would be talking about it.”
To make matters worse, his preparation heading into Sunday was anything but ideal.
Late on Saturday night, Day awoke to the stench of his son’s vomit after his dinner never went down so well.
“He threw up everywhere,” Day chuckled. “How funny is that?”
Not funny at all if you are trying to win golf’s unofficial fifth major in a hours time, Jason.
That might have explained why the world’s best player had such a slow and nervy start. After hitting only three greens in regulation, Day found himself one-over par through eight holes and staring at a lengthy bogey-putt on nine.
“If I walk away with a double-bogey there. That gives (my pursuers) a boost of energy, a boost of momentum,” Day explained.
He was able to drain the putt and consequently began the back-nine with a two-shot lead rather than a one-shot lead.
Jordan Spieth, was full of praise for the BMT on display.
JDay bogey putt on 9 was possibly most underrated shot of the day.. Gathered emotions knocked it in and led to a clutch back nine.Great win!
— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) May 15, 2016
Thereafter Day seemed to gather his composure and finally settled into a comfortable rhythm as he closed out the victory with a rock-solid back-nine.
“Once I got to 10, I kind of said to myself, ‘You’re still in the game, you’ve still got the lead, you’re still in good shape,’” Day continued.
“Once I holed the birdie putt (on 10), that kind of settled everything down. Then I could kind of relax and go about my way.”