Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BIGGEST BLUNDER: Day or Michelson?

Many folks are debating now how big of a blunder was committed during the Saturday round of the PGA at Quail Hollow by Jason Day, when he tried to hit a sweeping rope hook on his second shot from the trees onto the green.  He chopped it into another bush down the right side, had to take a penalty drop, chunked his next shot into the rough, then chunked it onto the front fringe of No. 18, then three putted for a snowman 8.  He played well Sunday and finished the PGA at 1 under, and had he parred No. 18 on the third round, he would have finished the tournament tied with Jason Thomas.

From about the same position just group earlier, Louis Oosthuizen opted for the safest route, took his medicine, then chipped out into the fairway to the left, then got it up and down for a par on No. 18.

It is at least clear that Jason Day took the extremely high risk decision, but was it a terrible strategic decision?  If it was, how does it compare to Phil Mickleson's decisions on No. 18 in the U.S. Open a few years ago at Winged Foot?

One thing I would suggest is certain.  Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo would almost surely have taken their medicine and chipped out into the fairway on No. 18 at Quail Hollow if confronted with the position that Jason Day found himself in. 

If Jason Day made a huge blunder, will he defensively rationalize his decision or learn from the what masters of the game would do in that situation?  The beauty of golf is that it presents opportunities to learn and improve by listening to the greats at any age and at any skill level.

The answer is that Day vigorously defended the shot decision, claiming that it was not a crazy decision because he was talented enough to hit shots other competitors cannot hit.  REALLY?

What is your view about this topic?

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