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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 3 Jason Day


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — 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 Gary Williams.

No. 3: Jason Day

Born: Nov. 12, 1987, Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 9 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 5 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $9,403,330 (2nd) | World Ranking: 1

Gary Williams' Take: After his major championship breakthrough and his FedExCup playoff run, it appears that Day is ready to butt heads with the very best as he enters the true prime of his career, with one hesitation: health. Even in his career year of 2015, he dealt with vertigo (caused by a viral infection in his inner ear) that was on display for the world at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. With few exceptions, Day has had his seasons interrupted with various ailments and injuries. Having come so close at multiple Masters, he will be a betting favorite this week, and his relationship with Tiger Woods is a fascinating study of both men and what advice Tiger can give him as he reaches a new level in the game. It is very possible that four or five players will wrestle for No. 1 in 2016, and no player has a better combination of driving distance and putting prowess than the man who currently holds that spot.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 21
Wins: 1
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T28
    U.S. Open – T9
    British Open – T4
    PGA Championship – 1
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - T2 (2011)
    U.S. Open - 2/T2 (2011, 2013)
    British Open – T4 (2015)
    PGA Championship - 1 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 10
Top-25 Finishes: 12
Missed Cuts: 2

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