Jason Day had his best season ever last year and it started with the Farmers Insurance Open which he won in a four-man playoff. That was the first of his five victories which landed him briefly in the No. 1 spot in the World Rankings.
Day has said that Torrey Pines has been special to him since came here for the World Junior Championship when he was only sixteen. The only problem is he has to be able to play in order to defend his title.
The flu caused the 28-year-old Australian to pull out of the pro-am Wednesday at Torrey Pines. We are unsure at this point if he is going to be well enough to play and capable of defending.
The field is missing Spieth and McIlroy
Assuming that he is able to play it will be the first time Day is playing in a tournament that does not have either Jordan Spieth (playing in the Singapore Open) or Rory McIlroy (week off before he plays in Dubai). However it is not going to make it a lot easier for him.
He still has to face Rickie Fowler who is coming off a victory in Abu Dhabi, his fourth title worldwide in the last eight months that took him to a career-best No. 4 in the world. He is also going to have to face Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and the hometown favorite, Phil Mickelson.
Phil has may be a little emotional about Torrey Pines. He loves it because he knows it better than anyone in the field having grown up in San Diego and now starting his 25th season on the PGA Tour. He has won here three times, but he hasn’t won in 15 years.
Time will tell
We will find out shortly if Day is going to be fit to play and if Phil can bring his “A” game one more time with his new coach’s help. Dustin Johnson is always interesting to watch just to see what happens next and Patrick Reed always brings intensity.
With all the young talent out there now it will be exciting to watch who finally walks away with the winners share of the $6.5 million dollar purse.