It sometimes boils down to perspective.
Tiger Woods is stoked over his progress in his comeback season.
He did not once win and he earned “only” $US 4 million, but given where he was coming from, his optimism practically oozes out of every pore of his body.
Australian Jason Day, however, considers his season, with two victories and over $US 5 million in earnings, a “disappointment.”
With those two wins came one second, five top-10s and 14 top-25s.
The main impetus for Day’s negative assessment of his season was that he did not finish inside the top-15 in any of golf’s four Major tournaments.
Day is definitely his own staunchest critic. Even if he had finished in the top-10 of all four Majors, it is doubtful that his assessment would have changed from negative to positive.
Adding to the assessment was that Day qualified for the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, The Tour Championship at East Lake, in 12thposition, so a FedEx Cup would not seem to be in the cards for his this year, barring a bizarre confluence of events.
“This year, even though I’ve had two wins, has been disappointing,” an honest Day told AAP.“I didn’t play good in the majors and I could have played a lot better in the first three playoffs.“I need to sit down with the team and go over certain things so I can work out how to change that (for next year).”
The margin between mediocre and spectacular in professional golf is razor thin. A drive that creeps a few inches off the fairway, an approach shot that lands a yard short, a four-foot putt that lips out, rather than finds the bottom of the cup. These are the sorts of things that make a difference between success and failure.
Day admitted that he is hard on himself and always expects himself to improve over the 2015 season, where he ascended to the number one ranking in the world.