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?