Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: T3, 2015) Qualifying Wins: 3
Australian Jason Day will make his 2016-17 PGA TOUR season debut at the Sentry Tournament of Champions after being sidelined in the fall while rehabilitating a back injury. The number one player in the world has never finished outside of the top 10 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with his best finish coming in 2015 when he tied for third.
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
With a one-shot win over Kevin Chappell, Day became just the fourth wire-to-wire (no ties) winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, joining Mike Nicolette (1983), Paul Azinger (1988) and Fred Couples (1992). The win was the eighth of Day’s PGA TOUR career and came at the age of 28 years, 4 months and eight days. It also moved him to No. 18 in the FedExCup and No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Day’s putting was on fine display at Bay Hill, as he needed just 100 putts for the week and did not have a three-putt.
World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play
The week following his wire-to-wire win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Day continued his momentum in a resounding win at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. Day did not lose any of his seven matches for the week, winning all three of his group stage matches before his run through the knockout rounds.
Day defeated Rory McIlroy 1 up in a thrilling semi-final match before handily taking care of Louis Oosthuizen in the final, 5 and 4.
The consecutive victories for Day matched his consecutive victories in 2015 wins at the PGA Championship and THE NORTHERN TRUST. It also moved him to second in the FedExCup and No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the second time in his career.
THE PLAYERS Championship
Day’s sizzling play in the first half of 2016 reached its pinnacle at THE PLAYERS Championship in May in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. On the strength of a tournament record-tying, opening-round 63, Day never relinquished his lead on the way to a four-shot win over Kevin Chappell. Day became just the fifth wire-to-wire winner in tournament history and the first since Hal Sutton in 2000.
Day joined Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer as the only players to win THE PLAYERS Championship, a major championship and a World Golf Championships event in their career. He also became the fifth player since 1980 to win 10 or more times on the PGA TOUR before his 29th birthday, joining Woods, Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and David Duval.
“I think it's more for myself and the hard work that I put into my game coming into this week, and especially the year, coming off two wins earlier this year and feeling good about my game knowing that I just had to get in there and try and want it more than anyone else,” Day said following his win at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. “I said 14-under was the average score and I ended up beating it by just one, which was nice. I'm just very pleased to be THE PLAYERS champion. I can't say any more.”