TROON, Scotland — Jason Day’s 273rd cadence during final year’s British Open during St. Andrews — his second-to-last strike of a golf round that week — left him one shot brief of removing into a playoff to win his initial career vital championship.
His wooer bid during birdie on a 18th of a Old Course not usually left him out of a playoff Zach Johnson would eventually win, though it left his physique jolt with beating and tears streaming down his face like a almost-daily Scottish summer rain.
Day did not win a Claret Jug that week, though he took something presumably some-more critical with him: The faith that he is good adequate to win vital championships, a faith that he should win vital championships.
And Day did, reduction than a month later, holding a hard-lesson-learned proclivity from his St. Andrews knowledge to shell a PGA Championship with a record-setting opening and his initial vital feat during Whistling Straits.
“Yeah, it was kind of a start of my run where all kind of altered my world, really,’’ Day pronounced Monday from Royal Troon, where a 145th British Open will start Thursday.
To review, this is how Day’s deteriorate went after a tears had dusty from his St. Andrews heartbreak:
He won a following week during The RBC Canadian Open, afterwards won a PGA Championship and followed that with a span of FedEx Cup victories during a Barclays and a BMW Championship.
Day has not accurately let his feet off a gas in 2016, either, carrying won a Arnold Palmer Invitational, a WGC World Match Play and a Players Championship, resolutely validating a universe No. 1 ranking he took into this year.
A British Open feat this week would perform a lifelong dream of Day’s, and it would apart him from Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in universe rankings.
“Coming so tighten final year was unequivocally a motivational cause in that we would adore to one day reason a Claret Jug and be means to put my name down in story with a best that have ever lived and played a game,’’ Day said.
Staying No. 1 is another thing Day takes seriously.
“I consider a highlight of being No. 1 in a universe is some-more of a motivating cause for me only since we don’t wish to remove it,’’ he said.
Day frequently consults with a actor who was a master during nutritious value and progressing a No. 1 ranking longer than anyone in a story of a diversion — Tiger Woods.
“When we speak to him, it’s about how mentally tough he was,’’ Day said. “When he didn’t have his best stuff, he would only find divided to get it done. I’ve schooled a lot about him, though a mental strength that he had, only a will to try and get a pursuit finished regardless of how you’re attack it, is substantially a biggest thing.
“Not all that we take from him works for me. But that’s because we’re dual opposite players and we play a opposite diversion to him. So it’s kind of unequivocally only sifting out all a things that we consider will work and work for me and perplexing it out. From there, perplexing to put that in my game, and hopefully it works.’’
Based on a formula of a final year and his station atop a rankings, it’s worked improved for him than it has for anybody else. And it all started during St. Andrews with a disastrous incited into a positive.
“I only felt unequivocally calm, like it was a Open Championship, though we unequivocally wasn’t meditative that it was a vital championship and we unequivocally didn’t feel like it was like any other day,’’ Day recalled. “It was only a bizarre feeling that we only felt so ease about things, and no matter what happened, it was going to be OK. we consider subconsciously we only finally got over a jump that, ‘It’s your time to start winning and play well.’
“I consider we finally found that faith in myself to be means to unequivocally say, ‘You’re a good player. You merit to win these if we put yourself in these opportunities.’ Unfortunately, we didn’t win that week, though afterwards we followed adult with a win in Canada after that.’’
And a win during a PGA, a Barclays, a BMW and 3 some-more this year.