Jason Day was a jungle explorer on continuous safari during The Barclays last week, hitting his tees shots boldly where no man had gone before on the devilishly difficult Beth Page black course.
Despite that, he finished respectably thanks to his skills in other aspects of the game. He finished tied fourth in the first tournament of the USPGA season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs, won $351,333.34 USD and earned every penny of it when he sank an unimaginable putt on the 15th hole of the final round. The putt was conservatively estimated at 21 metres in length with almost the equivalent amount of break in it.
We hackers would have needed driver to hit a putt that far. It took so long to reach the cup that broadcasters were able to squeeze in an advert or two, and some of us were able to make it to the icebox and back with a fresh beverage.
Remarkably, for the week, Day was dead last in driving accuracy out of 100 players who teed off at the beginning of the week.
Day won the tournament last year on a different course. He entered the week at number one in the world rankings and number one in FedEx Cup points, but was sent down to second by Patrick Reed’s win.