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Top 30 Golfers for the 2015 Majors: No. 11 Jason Day

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 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: 3 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,789,574 (16th) World Ranking: 4

2014 Key Stats

      Scrambling: 64.95% (5th)

      Approaches from 75-100 yards: 12’11” (2nd)

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      Putting from Inside 5 Feet: 98.93% (1st)

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Day would be higher on this list if he hadn’t spent much of 2014 on the sidelines due to injuries to his left thumb and his back, with his left wrist also causing him some concern at The Open Championship. If he can stay healthy, he has every chance of having a spectacular year. In the 17 majors he has played, he has finished in the top five a handful of times. He has power off the tee and great touch around the greens, and he holes more than his share of putts. At 27 years of age and given his obvious talents, he should've won more than three times on the PGA Tour by now, but his inability to hit his scoring irons close to the hole has plagued him at critical times in tournaments, something he appears to have worked on last year by softening the transition move from backswing to downswing and is hitting more partial shots, both of which led to him leading the PGA Championship in greens in regulation. If his scoring irons become a strength, he could become the best player in the world.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 17
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - T20
U.S. Open - T4
British Open - T58
PGA Championship - T15

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T2 (2011)
U.S. Open - 2/T2 (2011, '13)
British Open - T30 (2011)
PGA Championship - T8 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Top-25 Finishes: 9
Missed Cuts: 3

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

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