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Jason Day has the game to be a contender this week.
Tee Time: 8:06 a.m. (with Rickie Fowler and Matteo Manassero)
Why You Need to Watch: This is a young man with a boatload of talent who nearly won the Masters in April, finishing third behind fellow Australian Adam Scott.
He hasn’t played particularly great since Augusta, but there’s a good chance he’s been getting his game primed for this week.
One of the best swings in the game, possessed by one of the nicest guys in the game. He has it all: power, finesse and grace.
Thursday’s Pass or Fail: He finished second in the Open in 2011 and a tie for 59th last year.
Throw out last year because Day was focusing more on family than golf, and it showed.
He’s young and strong enough to handle Merion’s rough, occasionally.
If he lives up (or down) to his stats (117th in driving accuracy, 106th in greens in regulation), it will be a short week for him at Merion.
Prediction: Day will have learned from his Masters experience, specifically that patience is a key and playing smartly keeps him in the tournament.
He may get a break in the weather and should come in with a nice tidy 70.