Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 11 Jason Day

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

 

No. 11: Jason Day

Born: Nov. 12, 1987, Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia  | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2011 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,962,647 World Ranking: 9

 

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

Jason Day is the reincarnation of Phil Mickelson, except that he plays right-handed and speaks with an Australian accent. Everything about this 24-year-old screams future superstar. He has overpowering length to go with a great putting stroke, and the poise he possesses was on full display when he birdied the final two holes of The Masters, losing only to the heroic efforts of Charl Schwartzel. Still, his 12-under par at Augusta is the lowest ever total for a first-time player, and he continued his superlative play in the game’s next major, the U.S. Open, where he garnered another second-place finish. 
His talent and his demeanor on the course remind me of a young Phil, who took more than a decade to finally win a major, but I don’t think it will take Jason as long, because he will not be playing against a young Tiger Woods as Phil was.

 

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 6
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - T2
U.S. Open - 2
British Open - T30
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T2 (2011)
U.S. Open - 2 (2011)
British Open - T30 (2011)
PGA Championship - T10 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 1

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter. 

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