PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | The argument is over, the debate is done. Clearly, there’s no doubt as to the No. 1 player in the world. It’s Jason Day and the way the other contenders are performing, it’s not even close.
Day dropped the hammer at the Players Championship, winning by four without any serious threat from within or without. He has now won seven of his last 17 tournaments and no one else in the game can come close to saying that.
Jordan Spieth missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass without much game and Rory McIlroy couldn’t manage more than having the door opened a crack, much less pushing himself through.
Spieth is kicking himself too much and it appears that McIlroy isn’t kicking himself enough. Neither is playing up to his ranking and both have considerable work to do if they are going to catch Day anytime soon.
Spieth will go home to Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson, while McIlroy is heading home to Ireland and will serve as host for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Both are looking this week for some home cooking and much-needed mojo heading into the important stretch of summer golf, the next event of which is the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, just outside Pittsburgh.
Spieth has already made a site visit and declared Oakmont perhaps the hardest course in America.
For either of them to overtake Day as the favorite – and ultimately the champion – they have quite a lot of work to do. They know what it takes to be No. 1. But knowing and doing are entirely different matters. READ LATEST ISSUE