Jason Day withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play World Golf Championship in March to be with his mother, who was having lung surgery. A few weeks later, Day is at Augusta National to make a run at the Masters, and the 29-year-old Aussie seems in better spirits.
“He’s come in smiling,” Yahoo! Sports golf analyst Jay Busbee said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It seems like everything is going better, which is great to hear.”
Indeed, it is. But many golf analysts aren’t sure what to make of Day, who has top-four finishes in all four majors and won the 2015 PGA Championship.
“Jason Day is kind of an enigma because he’s an incredibly talented player, he’s won his major, he’s part of that group of young players – but he also always seems to set himself up with some kind of issue that he kind of gives himself an out for having a bad week,” Busbee said. “Now I’m not in any way putting his mother’s (surgery as an out). He’s a great guy. That’s the question about him: Why does he keep doing this? Why does he need to? But if you look – and I’m not putting his mother’s situation in this at all, that’s completely irrelevant – but he will come into every single major tournament and say, ‘I’m not feeling well. I didn’t sleep well last night.’ He does it in kind of a joking way, but there are people who are wondering, ‘All right, come on. Enough with the preemptive excuses here. You’re way too good to be doing that.’
“So if you go and take a look back, you’ll see that he’ll come in every Wednesday and he’ll say something about that, about what’s going on with him,” Busbee continued. “But he’s a really good player and he’s got a great future ahead of him. He’s already got that major win. It’s just really tough to win on the Tour now with the level of talent, but he’s one of those guys that’s certainly up there.”