Feb 24

Jason Day Lasts in Thrilling Victory at the WGC

Jason Day outlasted a carefree Frenchman names Victor Dubuisson to claim the WGC Match Play Championship in the desert of Arizona this weekend.  When the brackets came out last weekend I listened to all the  television analysts make their selections and no one had Victor Duduisson on their radar, and rightly so.  Jason Day you could see in the running, he finished T8 at the PGA, T2 a the US Open and 3rd at the Masters in 2013.  We all know this guy can play and has the game to hoist the trophy.  Dubuisson was a different story though.  He was the 30th ranked player in the World, won in Turkey in November of last year and was the 2009 European Amateur Champion.  As the #7 seed in the Sneed Bracket he dispatched three Major Champions: Watson, McDowell, and Els on his way to the final match.

The final match was on during Sunday prime-time against the last day of the Olympics.  Tough time to get viewer glued to the television especially after the Day was up 3 on the 13th tee.  Day got to the 17th up 2 and lost both holes to a birdie and par by Dubuisson.  Now all the real fun begins as we get closer to 6 pm on the east coast.  On the first extra hole Dubuisson hits his third shot out of a green side cactus/ rocky/ desert area onto the green  and saves par to continue the mach.  On the second extra hole he hits almost the same kind of shot in the same kind of sandy area and saves par again to continue the match.   Now Jason Day can’t believe what is happening.  Day finally makes birdie on the 23 hole to win the event and stamp himself as an early Masters contender.  Dubuisson now solidifies his playing status for this year and probably gets on the European Ryder Cup team with the effort he put in this week.

In Match Play the rule of thumb is always expect your opponent to make the next shot, but this was a great shot making performance.  These two escape shots will be played all year and definitely make my Moments of the Year list!

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