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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 194
“I ’M NOT sure what Jason’s scrambling stats were, but they were much better than mine.” You don’t say, Kevin Chappell. It must bring Jason Day an incomparably cozy feeling of inner calm to know that he can spray his drives and approaches to all corners of the compass and still be odds-on to walk off the hole with a par or better. Such is the short game prowess that the world No.1 is using to stunning effect during his almost unparalleled run of form this season, that he’s not so much closing the door on any player who dares attempt to enter his realm, but tempting them in before repeatedly and violently slamming it in their face. How many other players could fluff a series of chips at the par-5 ninth hole in the final round at The Players Championship, yet still escape with a bogey by coolly draining a six-foot putt? That dropped shot fleetingly gave the rest of the field hope that the Australian might falter, but a pair of successful birdie putts from almost 20 feet at the 10th and 12th holes quickly put an end to those delusions. It’s no secret that Day’s short game, and in particular his putting, has been the cornerstone of his ascent to the top of the sport. But just how much better he is than his rivals, the closer he gets to the hole, is next-level stuff. So far this season Day ranks second in strokes gained putting, picking up 1.012 shots per round on every other player in the field. Only Steve Stricker’s 1.065 strokes is better, but the American lags so far behind in most other statistical categories that his form with the short stick is of little consequence.
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