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Masters pick: Jason Day

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 10, 2014 at 9:35 am •  Published: April 10, 2014
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Jason Day, of Australia, tees off on the 18th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jason Day, of Australia, tees off on the 18th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

No Tiger Woods. No clear cut favorite in the Masters.

So my pick is Jason Day. And maybe I’m just predicting from desire. Day has become my favorite golfer. I like his demeanor. I like his sportsmanship, the way he supported fellow Australian Adam Scott’s victory last year at Augusta, sticking around to offer congratulations after all the ceremony for Scott, even though Day was in contention himself, finishing third.

Day also tied for second in the 2011 Masters. He has finished second in two of the last three U.S. Opens. Day has played well too well in majors not to win one soon.

Day is the anti-Tiger Woods. Day is amiable on the course. He’s easy to like.

And Day has a back story that makes you want good things to happen to him. His father died of stomach cancer when Day was 12 years old. His mother is of Filipino descent, and eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the Philippines typhoon in 2013.

Golf is crying out for someone to step into the massive void left by Tiger’s fall from grace and fall from dominance. Why not Jason Day?

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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