Inside Golf : Inside Golf June 2016
on tour 28 June 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Jason Day versus Tiger and co THE LANDMARK NELSON BAY Reservations: (02) 4984 4633 | Freecall: 1800 200 755 Group Consultant: (02) 4984 8963 | Fax: (02) 4984 4677 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Groups Email: email@example.com Traditional Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay From: Twin Share - $230 per person Quad Share - $180 per person Championship Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay 1 x Round of Golf at Pacific Dunes From: Twin Share - $340 per person Quad Share - $305 per person Packages are subject to availability at time of booking and exclude all long weekends, public holidays and Xmas school holidays. - $159 + shipping - Delivered to your door, installed in minutes - Sizes to fit all major cart models - 30 day money back guarantee, 1 Year Warranty - ORDER ONLINE AT www.cooldrycovers.com or call us at 02 6045 8443 - Brought to you by Four Season Products Pty Ltd, a proudly Australian Company Transform Your Ride Cool in the Heat, Dry in the Damp IT was a good call by Adam Scott when he suggested Jason Day’s form this year was “ Tiger-esque”. It certainly got me thinking. I wondered how Day’s record stacks up against some of the former world number one players including Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Seve Ballesteros et al at the same age – 28. Day turned 28 in November last year and since turning professional in 2006 has won 15 professional tournaments – 10 on the PGA Tour including the US PGA Championship. His form in the majors is outstanding. In the lead-up to the US Open at Oakmont, Day has contested 22 majors and made the cut in 19 of them. He has 11 top-10 results including three runner-up finishes (one in the Masters and two in the US Open) and a third place. “ That (kind of run) is Tiger-esque,” said Scott, after Day won the Players Championship – his third victory this year. “It’s that thing I always try to explain how good you feel ¬after one win, and I try to imagine how good Tiger felt just playing about five years into his pro career having won like 50 events, and imagine how you’d feel confidence-wise, and Jason must be kind of feeling something like that at the moment.” Perhaps it’s a little unfair to compare Day’s record with Scott’s record at the same age. Remember Scott, and other players of his era, had to live through and battle the Tiger-effect in the majors and World Golf Championship tournaments. For the record, Scott, a golfing thoroughbred, never finished runner-up to Woods in the majors and only once finished runner-up, with Ian Poulter, behind Tiger in his 18 World Golf Championship wins. Tiger’s last major victory was at the 2008 US Open. When Woods turned 28 in December 2003, he had 39 PGA Tour titles including eight majors locked away. David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org Another former world number one, Rory McIlroy, doesn’t turn 28 until May next year but his record is phenomenal. Currently, he has won 11 PGA Tour titles including four majors. At 28, Ernie Els had won three European Tour events, five PGA Tour titles including two majors – both the US Open. Before Ballesteros celebrated his 29th birthday he had racked up 23 European Tour titles, three US PGA Tour wins and four majors – sensational. At age 28, Greg Norman, who was world number one for 331 weeks, had not won a major or a PGA Tour event although the Shark had nine European Tour titles under his belt. When Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, was in his prime the world rankings system had not started, but at age 28 the Golden Bear had accumulated 27 PGA Tour wins including seven major titles. Of course, it’s horses for courses because some players like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy get their careers off to a flying start early while others like Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Phil Mickelson, although Lefty has never been world No.1, only started accumulating majors and PGA Tour wins in their in their early 30s. And every decade throws up different players and challenges. Player Majors wins at 28 Majors Total Pro wins at 28 Majors at 28 Cuts made Total weeks world #1 Jason Day 1 1 15 22 19 14 and counting Tiger Woods 8 14 45 34 32 683 Rory McIlroy 4 4 19 29 25 95 Seve Ballesteros 4 5 30 33 27DQ,1 61 Ernie Els 2 4 21 22 17 9 Martin Kaymer 1 2 19 20 11 8 Bernhard Langer 1 2 26 13 8 3 Greg Norman 0 2 27 16 14 331 Adam Scott 0 1 15 31 21 11 David Duval 0 1 13 21 17 15 Nick Faldo 0 6 13 19 18 97 Vijay Singh 0 3 9 3 3 32 Nick Price 0 3 8 14 9 44 Ian Woosnam 0 1 8 6 3 50 Luke Donald 0 0 5 12 7 56 Fred Couples 0 1 3 19 16 16 Lee Westwood 0 0 23 21 16 16 Tom Lehman 0 1 1 2 0 1 THE BIG THREE AT AGE 28 Jack Nicklaus 6 18 33 36 30 Unknown Gary Player 3 9 42 24 22 WD, 1 Unknown Arnold Palmer 0 7 9 8 5 Unknown We mention 22-year-old Spieth because he spent 26 weeks at number one and has a total of seven pro wins including two majors. He has played 13 majors and made the cut 10 times. Still, Day will go down in history as one of the greats and if his health and enthusiasm for the game hold up for another 10 to 15 years, the sky is the limit when it comes to majors and World Golf Championship victories. Let’s hope Jason can find the time in his busy schedule to come home and entertain Aussie golf fans – and maybe win a few Stonehaven and Joe Kirkwood cups. Now wouldn’t that be something to cheer about? • Day at the 2015 U.S. Open (Photo: USGA/Darren Carroll) What other world number one players had achieved at age 28 – the same age Jason Day is today. Note: We have added Rory McIlroy to the list although he won’t turn 28 until May 2017. Out of interest, we have included 22-year-old Jordan Speith’s record. He turns 23 in July.
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