Report by Anand Datla
August 31, 2015: Any hopes that Sunday might be a heady chase for glory turned quickly into a serenading ceremony for Jason Day. The Aussie played near flawless golf, marching to victory on the strength of a putter that was singing hymns. By the time he poured in another of his birdies to sign off in style at the 18th, Day earned a massive six shot victory with his card reading 8-under 62. Henrik Stenson was just two back after birdies at the 13th and 14th, but his 13-under 267 was barely enough to challenge Day’s 19-under 261.
The kind of form Day is finding himself in these days was underlined by the second shot at the 13th. Having sailed right into the trees, Day had nothing but a small window to the green. The Aussie nailed it with a gap wedge to get firmly onto the green and any thoughts of late drama were stuffed out.
He sounded the death knell to his competition when he rolled in from 30 feet at the 14th before adding another birdie from 35 feet out on the next hole. That from a man who missed a 30 footer at The Open for a chance to join the playoff and he was asked about it soon after he won the title.
“Ever since then, I just felt a lot more calm on the golf course,” said Day. “I felt like it was my time. Mentally I felt like, `You paid your dues, now it’s time to go out and win tournaments.’ I’m not going to say in the future it’s going to be like this all the time, because it’s very difficult to win.”
Victory marked Day’s third win in his last four starts – a one shot victory over Bubba Watson at the Canadian Open came the week after the disappointment at The Open. He went on to win by three at the Whistling Straits and finished with 63-62 at Plainfield for an authoritative triumph.
“Jason is full of confidence, just heating it up, making birdies,” admitted Stenson, who pulled within two shots at one point and closed with a 66. “It would have taken something really special to challenge him today the way he’s playing at the moment.”
“It’s been a special summer for me, and it’s not over,” acknowledged Day. “To be able to play the way I did over the weekend is fantastic. Today was just phenomenal golf.”
With Day hogging all the attention, Brian Harman needed two hole-in-one efforts in the final round to shine the light on himself, if only briefly. It is understood only two other players achieved such a feat – the last from Yusaku Miyazato at Reno in 2006.