Jason Day holds the trophy two weeks in a row, this time it was at the WGC Dell Match Play
Austin, Texas - Early on in the week at the Dell Match Play, the story was about Jason Day's
painful lower back that he tweaked during his match with Graeme McDowell. By early Sunday,
it was about his mano a mano heavy horsepower semi final duel with World No.3 Rory McIlroy.
An epic duel it was, Rory led early on, but the Aussie surged ahead by two midway through the
back nine. In the end it came down to a 12 foot putt by Day on the 18th hole (on one of Pete Dye's
most challenging green complexes) to secure a 1up victory over the Northern Irishman.
By late Sunday in the final, Day was romping all over South African Louie Oosthuizen on his way
to a 5&4 win and his second straight victory (also winning last week at Arnold Palmer's Invitational).
By reaching the final, in combination with Jordan Spieth's loss to Louie Oosthuizen in the round of 16,
Jason Day took over the No.1 ranking in the world.
Earlier in the week through the urging of his team, it was thought that Day would withdraw after
tweaking his back, but the will to continue to compete in top form won out - both in his mind and
literally on the golf course. "I just want to win," Day said. "I wanted to win so bad, that I felt with
how I was playing, if I kept playing how I was doing, I would be holding the trophy at the end of the
week." Time and Time again it was Day's shortgame that impressed even more than his tremendous
power tee to green.
Louie Oosthuizen simply stated what the rest of his peers are thinking at the moment: "He's definitely
at the moment a few steps ahead of everyone."
McIlroy lost the consolation match to Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3&2
With the Masters looming in two weeks, two Aussies have won 4 of the last 5 PGA Tour events. Ponder
this - If I gave you JDay, Adam, Jordan, Bubba, and Phil versus the other 90+ players in field right now,
which way would you go? I know which way I'm leaning . . .
Match Play bracket results: http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/dell-match-play/bracket.html