IN 2016, for the first time in his career, Jason Day ended the year as the world’s top-ranked player but, in some ways, it could have been far better.
The 29-year-old stormed out of the blocks with three PGA Tour wins by May - at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Match Play and Players Championship - to cement his place as the game’s premier star but Day cooled significantly in the latter part of the year and didn’t add to his only major title at the 2015 PGA Championship.
By Day’s lofty standards, his major-less season would be considered an underachievement.
At the final major of the season - July’s PGA Championship (brought forward from its usual August timeslot because of the Olympics) - Day displayed trademark grit.
At the par-5 72nd hole at Baltusrol, Day needed an eagle to put pressure on leader Jimmy Walker and he fired a blistering 2-iron within 15 feet of the flag and drained the putt though ultimately fell one shot short of Walker.
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As is seemingly always the case with Day, his performance in 2017 will depend on his health.
He suffered more back trouble in 2016 which kept him out of the final two FedEx Cup playoff events in the US and also prompted him to again skip the Australian summer.
Only a brave person would bet against a fit Jason Day adding to his major haul in 2017.