WATCH: Jason Day sinks otherworldly putt at Barclays

At the Barclays, world number one, Jason Day nailed a jaw-dropping putt on the 15th hole on Sunday. Patrick Reed would go on to beat Sean O’haire (wow, vintage Sean!) and Emiliano Grillo to win the Barclays.

But, Day’s putt was still insane nonetheless. He wasn’t even facing the hole.

Plus, as the ball began to make its turn towards the cup, the ball seemed to slow down a bit. It looked like it was about to stop.

But then, the ball gained speed again, and rolled right into the cup. Simply an incredible putt, and that’s why Day is the number one player in men’s golf.

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WATCH: This may be the most adorable moment at Baltusrol

The PGA Championship is arguably the most unpredictable major for a number of reasons. One of those cases happened on Friday when Jason Day hit his recovery shot at Baltusrol.

After hititng the shot, a kid raced in front of him to get a high-five. Day looked a little puzzled but then proceeded to give the kid his five.

One of those cute moments that you’ll only see during a PGA Tour tournament. There’s no doubt that the young man won’t forget that moment anytime soon.

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WATCH: Jason Day hits ridiculous tee shot that landed on the green

During the WGC-Match Play at Austin Country Club, Jason Day hit a mammoth tee shot that was almost 400 yards and drove the green in one.

It’s not something we see all the time, but it’s only fitting that Day accomplished it this time around. Ranking in the top 10 in driving distance the last couple of years will certainly explain a lot.

He got the birdie to make the drive that much sweeter. Day won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week at Bay Hill, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep it going.

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VIDEO: Jason Day’s wife hospitalized after collision with LeBron James

During an NBA game between the Cleveland Caveliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, PGA Championship winner Jason Day’s wife Ellie was hospitalized after LeBron James accidentally crashed into her.

Mrs. Day was carried off in a stretcher after the collision but appears to be OK according to James via Tom Withers. She gave birth to the couple’s second child just last month.

James wrote a ‘get well’ tweet for Mrs. Day.

A statement was also made my the Day family’s agent, Bud Martin of Wasserman Media courtesy of Golf.com.

The family lives near Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village Golf Club and are regulars at Cavs games.

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WATCH: Jason Day hits golf shots blindfolded

OK so I don’t think this is fair and neither should you. Jason Day was featured on ESPN’s “Sports Science” show as they were demonstrating his tremendous power and swing speed (He’s top five in the world in driving distance in case you didn’t know that already).

 

First they had him hit some regular shots. Then, they blindfolded him!

 

And the results were almost identical. Check out the video below:

I have a hard time squaring up that nicely with both my eyes wide open. If I was blindfolded that would suck as I’d probably bust my own ankles as if I’m playing one on one against Allen Iverson.

Heck, I couldn’t even hit a good shot in a golf video game blindfolded! So, let this be a lesson that these guys are seriously good at what they do.

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An evaluation and sunset of a fun PGA tour season

After a reign of dominance by Jason Day the last five or six weeks, Jordan Spieth got back to his winning ways, earning the FedEx Cup on Sunday. He shot a -9 beat Danny Lee by four shots at the Tour Championship at East Lake.

 

It was just a perfect ending to one of the most historic golf seasons we’ve probably ever witnessed. Jimmy Walker started off hot like he normally does, winning twice early in the season.

 

Then Dustin Johnson won, and placed well in most tournaments to complete a very solid comeback season. He’d go on to have 11 top 10 finishes which is tied for second best with Jason Day. DJ came back with full force and is inching ever so close to that first major.

 

Then Jordan was simply a man on fire, winning The Masters and U.S. Open back-to-back to go along with three other wins including the John Deere Classic, where he got his first win a couple of years ago. He defeated a red hot Tom Gillis for the victory. Jordan would also place in the top five in all four majors, mirroring what Rickie Fowler did just a year earlier, except Jordan won two of the majors.

 

Rickie, who was voted along with Ian Poulter as the “Most Over Rated Player in Golf”, proved his haters wrong and with a vengeance. Rickie would go on to win three times this season with victories at The Players Championship at the famed TPC Sawgrass, a win at the legendary Scottish Open and a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship at Arnold Palmer’s TPC Boston.

 

He shut the door down on all three wins and put on the most remarkable display at Sawgrass while practically making a mockery of Alice Dye’s 17th hole, arguably the most famous hole on the planet. These performances made Ian Poulter the lone title holder of “Most Over Rated Golfer”. Ouch Poults.

 

Bubba Watson who was fresh off of his second Masters victory, also quietly put together a nice season, winning two times with a win very early in the season in late 2014 at the WGC-HSBC while also winning the Travelers Championship and having three runner-ups. He however finished tied for 38th at the Masters and missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

 

Nonetheless, he had 10 top 10s (Say that fast three times) to finish off a solid season and at the end of the day, he still has two Masters wins. Not bad.

 

Zach Johnson, who was already being whispered about around the golf world as a potential hall of famer, has made his chances even better. ZJ went on to win the Open Championship at St. Andrews for his 12th PGA Tour win and second major title.

 

Getting his major titles at courses most would say are more aimed for the power hitters, ZJ used his deadeye accuracy and clutch putting to earn his wins. What’s more impressive is that he had to battle bad weather at both, proving that he’s one of the better bad weather players in golf.

 

Arguably one of the most accurate golfers of all-time, Zach has made a push for his ticket to the Hall of Fame. Some will say he needs more wins, some will say he’s a lock, but he definitely put himself in the conversation with the win at St. Andrews.

 

Robert Streb has very quietly put together a great season. He won the McGladrey Classic very early in the season and would remarkably end up with nine top 10 finishes and 16 top 25 finishes.

 

He has become one of golf’s most dangerous putters, finishing 24th in the world in Strokes Gained (Putting). Don’t sleep on Robert with the driver, as he ranked 36th in the world in driving distance.

 

Great putting and great power make a deadly combination and wouldn’t surprise me to see Robert make a little noise next season.

 

Rory McIlroy had a solid season winning two times in three weeks and finishing with seven top 10s. Sure, he didn’t quite have the “Rory McIlroy Year” that many were expecting but that in huge part is due to the slaughter of all golf courses courtesy of Jordan Spieth.

 

Despite that, Rory is still one of the top dogs in the game and may be already considered on of the “greats” (Gotta be careful with how I say that). Can never argue with four majors and double digit victories but with the slew of new talent emerging, it could be harder for him to run away with 20+ victories….and complete the career grand slam at Augusta National.

 

It’s been quite a strong year for rookies. They say there’s a “big 4” in golf (Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler) but how about the big four of rookies this season?

 

Nick Taylor, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau all had some very solid seasons with Taylor notching up a win. Daniel Berger maybe having the best season of all and may potentially win the Rookie of the Year award.

 

Berger finished with 13 top 25’s and six top 10’s. You can definitely make an argument for Finau who is a beast with 16 top 25’s and five top 10’s but Berger has two runner-ups which would seal the deal on that.

 

Taylor, although had a win, only had one top 10. no doubt that all of these guys will be on Tour for a long time and they aren’t afraid to shred up courses across the country.

 

Just and outstanding rookie class to go with an already amazing season.

 

Ahhh, Danny Lee. He was once looked at as one of the game’s rising starts. He still very well could be at only 24 years of age.

 

After a mostly slow start to the new PGA Tour season, D-Lee started to spark like a firecracker, winning the historic Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC and then finishing tied for third at the John Deere Classic, tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National, tied for sixth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and then just finishing tied for second at the Tour Championship.

 

He’s not going to dazzle you with amazing drives down the fairway but he, like Robert Streb, has a hot putter, ranking 23rd in the world in Strokes Gained. He’s also one of the most dangerous players out of the bunker, ranking seventh in the world in Sand Save Percentage.

 

Is D-Lee just another one of the growing number of young stars, making his mark? Keep a close eye out for him in the new PGA Tour season.

 

Look out Lydia Ko, you may not be the best New Zealand golfer after all! Aw screw it, yeah she is!

 

This leaves us with Jason Day. The one man who almost crashed Jordan Spieth’s Player of the Year tour.

For at least the past five years, Jaydee has had some close calls at the majors. Probably the most famous being his runner-up finish at the infamous 2011 Masters (Year after Phil Mickelson won, Tiger Woods’ strong return, Rory’s collpase, Martin Kaymer’s fall from world number one. All happened here).

 

After that, it seemed to be a lock that he would grab a major, and after more close calls, many started to wonder if he would he was going to be stuck like Dustin Johnson who also has had many close calls at the majors. The spotlight wasn’t on Jason much at the time as a lot of it was focused on Johnson who, in those days was the “next great American golfer” and has put together a great career but just hasn’t won that major.

 

So it seemed as if Jason was put in the same boat as DJ. Well, he dove off the off the boat and into the ocean as he finally broke the ice.

 

He would go on to have a monster season, winning five times and finishing in the top 10 in three of the four majors, winning one of them at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (He finished tied for 28th at the Masters). He’d go on an incredible run, winning four times in six weeks, eventually leading to him taking the crown as the new world number one golfer.

 

It looked like it was just going to be the Jordan Spieth show most of the year but little did we know that Jason had other plans. If anything, it’s a very exciting time to be a golf fan with four young, skilled and humble guys leading the charge (Spieth, Day, McIlroy and Fowler).

 

There has been talks that maybe Jason may get the Player of the Year award over Jordan but with his win at the Tour Championship on Sunday, I think Jordan pretty much locked it up. Plus, Jordan won two majors in a row while Jason got the one at the PGA.

 

Either way, Jason definitely threw his name in the conversation and I’m sure he will be voted POTY by a publication or two. When you win four times in six weeks including a major, that’s just insane and I highly recommend that Jaydee sees a doctor immediately on this winning issue thing he’s having.

 

Jordan will be next in line behind him.

 

But what an unbelievabele season it has been on the PGA Tour. I think the sport of golf has reached many new fans thanks to some amazing highlights and memories.

 

The new generation of golf has finally arrived and is looking very strong so far. Crazy thing is, it’s not over yet!

 

We still have the President’s Cup and it’s going to be like an all-star showdown at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea. Some of the top players will be duking it out for the always beautiful and shiny President’s Cup.

 

Highlighting the U.S. squad are Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker while the International squad is highlighted by Jason Day, Adam Scott and the aforementioned Danny Lee. Jay Haas will be the captain of the Americans while Nick Price will lead the International team.

 

The sport of golf is only going to get stronger from a commercial standpoint and with the fun, young characters who aren’t afraid of any type of shot, the fanbase will only continue to grow. As for the actual sport itself, the solutions are all right in front of you such as nine hole courses, par-3 courses, pitch & putt courses, etc.

 

But with the growing popularity of the PGA Tour, it will no doubt help bring more followers into giving the sport a try and taking some swings. It’s absolutely amazing how fast this new generation has started to blossom like a rose in the Spring time.

 

It was just last year when we saw Rory as the only true rising star in the sport. Fast forward a year later and we have a freakin’ “Big 4” now.

 

It really is astonishing and it’s so much fun and I hope you enjoy the ride (Make sure to have your safety belt on!). The next generation of golf is right in front of our eyes!

 

And oh, by the way, Jordan Spieth just won the Player of the Year and Daniel Berger just won the Rookie of the Year. Not too shabby!

 

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Spieth, McIlroy, Day all call each other world number ones

So this is really a brain tease. During press conferences for the current top three players in the world, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, each of them deferred to each other as the tops in the game.

 

First, it was Rory, when asked about who was the best in the world, he said he thought it was Jordan.

 

Then, Jordan came out and said Jason was no.1 in the world.

 

Finally Jason said Rory was number one. But this is how Jason put it.

“Rory, isn’t that right? In the world ranking, Rory right now.” Jason said.

 

So Jason’s response was more of a “captain obvious” answer rather than how Rory and Jordan referred. So the confusion wasn’t as bad but still a bit of a tease.

 

I really do love how these three guys in particular are so classy. Let’s face it, golf is a very cocky game.

 

That’s why I kinda cringe when I hear “gentlemen’s game”. Sure, you shake hands and such and I think golf teaches wonderful lessons but little do we see guys pay their respects like that.

 

Heck, anybody would reply with “I am right now” or something along those lines, when asked who’s the best. It’s a very arrogant sport.

 

Sure, it’s every man for himself but it’s just so refreshing to see the top three players on the PGA Tour actually be respectful and show true sportsmanship. Because in a “me, me, me” sport, it’s cool that there are some guys out there that do pay their respects….even if it may sound kinda confusing!

 

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Jason Day gave 40 shirts to low paid journalist

 

Another reason why PGA Championship Jason Day is seriously one of the coolest guys in golf. According to Golf News Net, a struggling journalist would wear the same shirts each week, different color for each day of the tournament.

 

These were his only course/work appropriate attire. Jason noticed this one day.

 

“So he’d have a red shirt for a Monday and a blue shirt for a Tuesday, and Day eventually cottoned on to this and asked, ‘How many shirts have you got?’ And he said, ‘Seven. One for every day of the week,’ and Day said, ‘Meet me next week.’ another journalist, Lawrence Donegan said in a radio interview on 106-108 FM in Ireland. 

 

Eventually, Jason came back and gave the struggling journalist 40 high quality golf shirts to wear. Now the reporter doesn’t have to worry about shirt selections and that’s just awesome.

 

Jason is one of the most likeable guys on Tour for a reason, and this is just another great example of that. I’m sure that journalist is extrememly thankful for Jason’s good deed.

 

He went out of his way to do that. Simply awesome.

 

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Another beautiful “Day” at the PGA and the bright future of golf

 

Well, all four majors are in the books and all were spectacular. The PGA Championship for the second straight year proved why it’s more than just the “fourth major”.

 

Also, for the second time, Whistling Straits shined as the host course. What once was an abandoned military base, has now hosted three PGA Championships and will host the Ryder Cup (Yes, the RYDER CUP) in 2024.

 

It just shows you the imagination of one Pete Dye as he and his wife once again put together a legendary course. Crazy thing is, it’s in some ways, still relatively new, being built back in 2000 but it is already one of the great courses in the world.

 

And just a couple of hours away from me here in Chicago, it’s easy to make the trip up there. Views of Lake Michigan on every hole ain’t so bad either!

 

But this year’s PGA Championship was LOADED with story lines.

“Will Jordan Spieth win it for his third major this year?”

 

“Will Dustin Johnson come back to Straits and play well or will the bunker incident forever haunt him?”

 

“Will DJ also ever come through and win a major?”

 

“What about Tiger Woods? Is he ever going to play well in the majors again?”

 

“Rory McIlroy just came back from injury? How will he play?”

 

“Jason Day has also fell short in majors. Will he come through here?”

 

And sooo many other questions as well. Justin Rose had said earlier in the week that he was going to make some noise at the PGA and scarily enough, he was right!

 

He didn’t win, but finished in the top five.

 

The leaderboard even featured the likes of Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau who are arguably the hottest rookies in the sport today. That’s what makes the PGA Championship so much fun to watch and why it’s so exciting.

 

You never know who’s going to be hanging around on top of that leaderboard. It could be a rookie or a former champion from some 15 to 20 years ago.

 

OR it could be a Joe Schmo (Well, everybody knows that Joe Schmo is the greatest golfer of all-time. One does NOT simply question the great Joe Schmo’s talent!). Either way, it adds to the unpredictability that really makes the PGA Championship, the grand finale of the majors.

 

Jason Day who has really had a terrific year, went on to win it for his first major title. He beat Jordan Spieth (Who else?) by a few strokes and also beat others like Branden Grace, who also has played some solid golf this year as well as the aforementioned Justin Rose, who is a potential hall of famer.

 

His win also broke the all-time record for lowest score in a major, shooting -20 to take the title. He beat Tiger Woods’ record of -18 which was set in 1997 at The Masters.

 

Let me say that I am really happy for Jason Day who I’ve been asking for at least four or five years, “When is he going to capture that first major? He’s so good!”.

 

Ever since he finished second at The Masters back in 2011 (Charl Schwartzel won it and really helped put South African golf back on the map), I thought it was only a matter of time and I know you thought the same.

 

And now, here we are, four, almost five years later, and Jaydee is a major champion. He was seeking huge putts all weekend which ultimately, led him to raising the Wanamaker Trophy in victory.

 

And Just to show how classy his partner, Jordan Spieth was, on one of the holes, late in the Sunday round, Jaydee hit a great lag putt that stop right near the hole. Jordan then gave a thumbs up as to say kinda “Nice putt, you’re going to win this thing”.

 

Jaydee has been through a lot in his life to get to where he is now. His dad died when he was 12, he became an alcoholic at the same age and was getting into trouble at school. His first golf club was found in a dumpster by his father and his mother had to sell their home to use the money for Jason’s golf program/clinic.

 

His caddie, Colin Swatton, is the one who really put his foot on the acceleration in Jason’s career. He was the one who kept him busy with golf so he didn’t continue to get in trouble.

 

You see, the ol’ stereotype for golf is that every golfer is rich and spoiled and that’s nothing but a bunch of crap. I’m tired of hearing that, especially when people don’t know the players’ backgrounds.

 

In relation, and I think I mentioned this before but I got my first club from a flea market for $2 or $3 and I would just go to the school playground and hit shots. You don’t need to be rich nor do your parents need a doctorate degree to love golf.

 

Jason is a wonderful example of that and I think he can relate to a lot of people out there. I think golf gets picked on and ripped a lot because of the “Rich, Strict and Snobby” stereotype but I think non-fans can really appreciate the sport a lot more with a guy like Jason winning.

 

I’m not saying that anyone has to go through the crap Jason went through to be appreciated. Absolutely not, nobody deserves what happened with him.

 

But I think the fact that he did deal with these things and the fact that he came out such a great person out of it all, really makes you want to root for him and teaches powerful lessons about life. And like Jordan Spieth, it’s so easy to pull for a classy player who’s humble with his/her words, especially in a sport like golf, which unfortunately is an “All me” sport or a “Meh, I’m a cool person but it’s still all bout me”.

 

To hear little things like “Dustin should be holding this trophy right now” (Jordan said this after his win at the U.S. Open) and “To beat a great player like Jordan….” (Jason  after his PGA win) is jaw-dropping because you just don’t see guys giving credit too often out there. Unless I’m missing something and I need to get my ears checked but I rarely hear these things out there.

 

Not only is Jason a great person and an awesome guy with the fans, he’s simply one of the most dangerous players in the world. The fact that he’s starting to close out tournaments and slam the door shut, just makes him that more deadly.

 

Now that he has the first major won, I think we’ll definitely see more which will only make The Masters next year that much juicier. Barring injuries, the field will be absolutely insane!

 

Jason also gave us this unforgettable fist pump. As if nothing was going to stop him:

 

 

Back to Jordan Spieth for a minute. He reached number one in the world rankings surpassing Rory McIlroy and at the start of the year, he was ninth in the world (Yes, NINTH!).

 

So although he didn’t win, he got a heck of a consolation prize. There are many people out there say he’s a “boring” player and usually those fans are European fans that don’t want to see an American on top again.

 

And it’s cool! I understand! That’s why the Ryder Cup is such a great event, because of the heated rivalry between European and American fans and really shows the passion.

 

But to say Jordan is “boring” is just plain asinine. Can someone please define the term “boring” in golf?

 

Making long putts, hitting crazy recovery shots out of the bunker, the clutch shots, etc. Yeah, that’s totally boring, I’mma go to sleep.

 

Yeah, you’re nuts.

 

And to be fair about it, when Martin Kaymer played dominated the U.S. Open last year, many fans were saying that was boring as well. More than likely, those saying that were American fans.

 

So, the fact that Jordan is the new number one, and European fans are eager for Rory to retake that spot, makes the “Battle of the continents” that much more exciting in golf.

 

Back to Jason Day though; I think his win officially painted the picture of what the future holds for golf. The new generation is here and it’s very exciting and it’s just going to continue to grow.

 

I think the “THE GAME NEEDS TIGER!” stuff has finally started to die down a little as people slowly start to realize what’s going on here. The game will be great with, or without Tiger and Phil Mickelson.

 

I think many of us act like childish lunatics when guys like Tiger or Phil aren’t at their best and this looks like it’s finally making progress to come to a stop. If anything, having Tiger and Phil along with the new generation of talent would make things twice as interesting but it’s not going to ruin the game if they aren’t in it to win it.

 

The talent now is way too good and the fact that Jordan, Rory and Jaydee are top three players in the world highly represents this new class of talent. And the fact that these three players are all from three of these player rep three separate countries, makes things that more exciting for those of you who are full of “country pride”.

 

The game is full of colorful characters that are skillful with a golf club. If anything, THAT is what golf needs.

 

New generational talent that has a swagger on and off the course.

 

If you’re a Tiger, Phil or Ernie Els fan, I think it’s time for you to loosen the shackles and appreciate what we have going today.

 

So what’s next for Jaydee after his PGA Championship win? I see him winning more majors.

 

How many? It’s anybody’s guess.

 

The fact that he had the lowest score in major championship history on a Pete Dye course is mind boggling and impressive. He has the skills that can lead him to many more titles to come.

 

One thing’s for sure. Jason is now a leader of the new generation of golf along with guys like Rory and Jordan.

 

We can’t dwell on the past with guys like Tiger, Phil and Ernie. Greatness doesn’t happen overnight.

 

You can’t appreciate today’s young talent if you don’t let them become great. Stop relying on the past and rely on the future.

 

The new generation is here, it’s fun, and the future shined bright over Lake Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

 

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WATCH: Jason Day collapses, finishes 18th hole like a boss

A scary moment for Jason Day at Chambers Bay at the U.S. Open. On the 18th hole, Jason collapsed to the ground, rolling in pain.

Turns out that the 3-time PGA Tour champion Aussie suffers from vertigo. Thankfully and incredibly, Jason got up and finished the 18th hole like a true warrior.

I’m writing from my phone so I couldn’t embed the video unfortunately but here’s a link to the video courtesy of our (Yardbarker writers) mother network Fox Sports:

Jason’s hanging around towards the top of the leaderboard along with Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Brendan Grace and rookie bomber Tony Finau among others.

Here’s hoping J-Day stays healthy going into the weekend!

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