I remember a time in 2007 when a young, naive Queenslander declared he could beat Tiger Woods. It seemed outrageously arrogant and foolish to make such a statement.
Aussie golf scribes were stunned that a brash young lad could claim he would one day overtake the dominant Woods as greatest player on earth. The statement came when Day was just 19 years old having recently earned his PGA TOUR card.
Day earned some bad press at the time, especially back home, with man questioning his confidence. Today, those very doubters are wishing they’d never opened their mouths.
Eight years on from that bold statement, Day has both overtaken Woods and achieved the status as number one player in the world. At just 27 years old, he is a major champion and – alongside Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – largely responsible for the golf’s renaissance which has boosted TV ratings this year.
Jason Day’s victory at the BMW Championship felt Woods-esque, like a procession. Leading from start-to-finish, day was never challenged by an elite field which included Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth. Finishing at 22 under-par, Day simply lapped the field by a staggering six shots.
Since missing out on The British Open in June, Day has been relentless, winning four out of six events including the PGA Championship. Amidst all of the Spieth-talk, Day is now the bookies favorite to win his second major when the US Masters rolls around in April.
How lives changed in two months…