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Jason Day got off to a phenomenal start in his PGA career.
The Aussie won his first PGA Tour event in 2010 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He followed that up with a tie for second place at the 2011 Masters and a second at the 2011 U.S. Open. Day eventually finished ninth in money earnings that season (via PGATour.com).
The 2012 season was different. Day missed five cuts (including a withdraw in the second round at the Masters), his best finish at a major was 59th at the U.S. Open, and Jason's best overall finish was fourth at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
It essentially looked like Day would be another young player with talent, but couldn't produce the necessary consistency on the PGA Tour.
Not so fast.
In just four events for 2013, Day has placed in the Top 10 in three tournaments (tied for second on PGA), including a third place at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
What stood out most for Day at the Match Play was his sand game. He, along with eventual champion Matt Kuchar, are tied for second in sand save percentage on Tour (per PGATour.com).
Jason's road at the Match Play wasn't easy either. Ranked as a No. 11 seed, Day defeated Zach Johnson (2007 Masters champion), Russell Henley (2013 Sony Open champion), Bubba Watson (2012 Masters champion) and Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open Champion).
Day is now ranked No. 35 in the Official World Golf Rankings, the second highest ranked Aussie behind Adam Scott. Expect Jason to continue improving on that standing.