Jason Day's Keys to Victory at the RBC Canadian Open
The Aussie standout surged to victory with three straight birdies on the final three holes to secure his second win of the season.
Day was lights out on the closing holes at Glen Abbey this week, playing the final three holes at 10 under par, including those clutch, title clinching rolls to close out Bubba Watson on Sunday.
The Aussie ranked 4th in strokes gained putting for the tournament, but that stat doesn’t do justice to just how hot his putter was this week. Day was a perfect 50-for-50 from five feet and in and carded 38 one-putts through 72 holes. (He also chipped in twice.) His late birdie run included a two-putt from nearly 60 feet on 16, followed by a 12 footer on 17 and finally a 21’, 10’’ gem to take the lead—and the title— on 18.
The 27 year-old finished T-4 at the British Open last week, one shot shy of the playoff. His subsequent win in Canada makes him the first player in 40-years to finish a stroke back at a major then win the following week. The last to do it was Hale Irwin, who missed a playoff by one stroke at the 1975 U.S. Open then won the Western Open one week later. Phil Mickelson did follow up one of his six U.S. Open second place finishes with a win, but that came at Bethpage in 2002, where he fell three shots shy of wire-to-wire winner Tiger Woods.
Day is the 4th player so far this season to win by a stroke thanks to a birdie on the 72nd hole, joining Matt Every at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Justin Rose at the Zurich Classic and Jordan Spieth—with a notable assist from Dustin Johnson—at the U.S. Open.
In 14 tournaments so far this season, Day has finished in the top-10 seven times, ranking second behind Jordan Spieth, who has 12 top-10s in 19-starts. Day also secured the first multi-win season of his career, joining Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker as the only players with more than one 2015 trophy on the mantle.