In the beginning of the 2015 golf season, leader-boards and critics showcased Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler as the young guns that will dominate the season with only one other question to answer…will Tiger Woods challenge any of these three?
Nowhere in this discussion was Jason Day.
Rickie Fowler seemed to show more focus while cutting his hair and improving his game with some great performances. Additionally, everyone was in awe over Jordan Spieth as the PGA prepared him for the title of the “New Tiger Woods”. Finally, we all had to question if Rory would come back from his ankle injury after displaying questionable focus while getting injured off the field. Then out of nowhere came Jason Day! He got focused, quit drinking soda, he started his own strict nutrition and exercise plan, and started practicing in a very clear, balanced, and focused way for preparation and performance. Jason Day put together maybe the greatest golf season of any other golfer, at any time. In honor of one of baseball’s greats Yogi Berra who passed away , “It’s not over till it’s over.”
It’s not just that he is winning, but how he is winning.
Jason Day is winning the way Tiger used to win, leaving all these other great golfers far behind. They are not even in the same league! What makes golf so great, though, is that Jason Day is the epitome of competing with yourself. Unlike football, baseball, basketball, or hockey that allow us to have a million different ‘below the line’ excuses of blame, shame, and justification! Golf makes the individual athlete 100% accountable. It’s the only sport I know where you call a penalty on yourself. Jason Day understands accountability to the fullest.
At the end of the day–no pun intended–if Day shoots 20 under or even 21 under, his philosophy is let who ever can beat me …beat me. He doesn’t worry about anyone else or their game, not Rory McIIroy, not Rickie Fowler, not Jordan Spieth, definitely not Tiger Woods, but Day plays his game and is able to do it at the highest level in history. Day has clarity, balance and focus which bringsconfidence! Now he’s the number one golfer in the world because he is at one with himself!
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