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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 194
When you consider that Day’s two closest rivals, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, sit at 38th and 118th for strokes gained putting, with McIlroy conceding -.076 strokes per round against the field’s average, Day’s ability to close really begins to bite, with the Northern Irishman effectively starting each tournament four strokes behind Day before he’s even teed off. Day wasn’t the best putter at The Players, ranking eighth overall and 62nd during a very challenging third round. But couple his putting with his short game and the only way for anyone to beat him at the moment is to convert almost every single time they reach a green in regulation. And no one can do that. Day hit just three greens on the front nine on Sunday, yet still commanded a winning advantage by the time he reached the turn. Even at that ninth hole, the brain fade that might have ended other lesser players’ chances, as he made a mess of things from just off the green, was a mere bump in the road for him. “(I) felt like an amateur, chopping my way to the pin from only 10 yards off the green,” Day said. “If I walk away with a double-bogey there ... that gives (the other players) a boost of energy, a boost of momentum.” “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 might be hitting less than 57 per cent of fairways off the tee this season, but he was so good at scrambling at the Players that prior to the event he was tied for 60th in that statistic, yet by the end of those four rounds had vaulted to 27th. HE GOT UP AND DOWN 85% OF THE TIME OVER THE FOUR DAYS – THE BEST OF ANY PLAYER AT THE TOURNAMENT.
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