After defeating Rory McIlroy in the morning and then closing out Louis Oosthuizen by a margin of 5 & 4 Jason Day is obviously feeling pretty good as he heads into the Masters next week.
“I am looking forward to it,” Day said. “I know it is one tournament that I’ve always want to win. So the motivation and the want … there’s no problem. It’s been good momentum for me, confidence-wise, over the last two weeks. I can’t get comfortable with how I’m playing right now. I can’t get lazy, because I’ve got to understand that what I’m doing is working. So I’ve got to keep working on the things that have caused me to win over the last two weeks. It will be fun to walk through the gates as the No. 1 in the world.”
Adam Scott recently managed to win back-to-back events three weeks ago when he won at PGA National and Doral so it can be done, but it won’t be easy. Oosthuizen did have some very complimentary things to say about Day.
“A top player these days, he always makes that crucial putt when he needs to,” Oosthuizen said. “We’ve seen a thousand times through Tiger doing it. Jordan does it all the time. And Jason, whenever he needs to make a crucial putt, he makes it. You see him this morning against Rory when he made that putt on 18. He’s always been a great iron player. He’s always been a great long iron player and the way he’s putting now, there’s a reason why he’s No. 1 in the world.”
This year’s Masters is shaping up to be one of their smallest fields ever at 88 players, but one of the strongest ever. All of the top five players are looking good except that Rory McIlroy seems to be struggling with an erratic putter which is not good news on Augusta’s greens.
My sentimental favorite is not in the top five, but I wouldn’t count out Phil Mickelson. He has won it three times (2004, 2006, and 2010) and 15 top 10s.
On top of his incredible track record at Augusta, Mickelson is enjoying a turn-the-clock-back season. He has already accumulated three top five finishes, which nearly matches his total of four from the previous two seasons combined.
Let’s just hope for great weather. People tend to forget that frost delays are not uncommon during the Masters. The azaleas, dogwoods, and flowers will be at their peak.