With his gutsy win at the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play event on the PGA Tour golfer Jason Day has happily moved into the #1 spot in the world golf rankings. Despite the #1 ranking in the golf rankings, though, there are many proven reasons why the world’s #1 golfer will have trouble winning a coveted Masters title in 2016.
Here is a unconditional list of five reasons why Jason Day will be a poor gamble to win The Masters in 2016. It’s certainly possible he can win The Masters prize this year but betting on it could be hazardous to your finances for the following exposing reasons.
1. Jason Day has only one major win in his career
While Jason Day is playing spectacular golf coming into the 2016 Masters for his entire career he has amazingly only won one major golf tournament in 21 tries. Day has come close to winning other majors, including a 2nd and a 3rd at The Masters, but he’s also devastatingly missed the cut and withdrawn at times in majors.
2. Day has not played well at The Masters the last two years
Over the last two Masters in 2014 and 2015, Jason Day tied for 20th and tied for 28th respectively. Over his eight rounds over the last two years at Augusta National, Day has only played one round of golf in the 60s. You usually have to shoot multiple sensational rounds in the 60s to win The Masters.
3. No player has ever won the WGC Match Play event and The Masters in same year
Jason Day is trying to go from his uplifting win in the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play event right into The Masters but no player has ever won the WGC Match Play event and The Masters in the same year. The formats are very different and the list of players who have not won the two events in the same calendar year includes fearless Tiger Woods, who won the Match Play event three times, and Jason Day himself who won the Match Play in 2014 but then finished 20th in The Masters.
4. Day is taking a week off before The Masters
After winning the last two PGA events at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play, Jason Day is stunningly taking the week before The Masters off. Taking a week off after winning in back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour can be a surprising momentum killer. Adam Scott won the Honda Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Championship in back-to-back weeks in 2016 but then took a week off and could only manage a 12th place finish at the Arnold Palmer in his next start. Taking a week off can destroy a golfer’s momentum.
5. Two golf superstars named McIlroy and Spieth will be tough to beat
Jordan Spieth is the gutsy defending Masters champion and it will be surprising if he does not play well defending his sensational title in 2016. Like Jason Day, Rory McIlroy is chasing his elusive first green jacket in 2016 but unlike Day, Rory McIlroy has been playing superb golf at The Masters over the last two years finishing in a 8th place tie in 2014 and finishing alone in 4th place last year. Spieth (2 majors) and McIlroy (4 majors) both have much better winning percentages in majors than Day does and both players are defiantly younger.