Jason Day's Current Run Is The Best Thing Golf Has Seen Since Tiger Woods

By on May 19, 2016 in ArticlesSports News

Jason Day is on an historical run, the likes of which haven't been seen since "Tiger Woods versus the field" was a serious debate. And it's earning him a ton of money.

His latest win at the Players Championship earned him a cool $1.9 million, pushing him to 18th place on the all-time earnings list, at $32.6 million.

Oh, and he's only 28 years old. His 2016 might be even more impressive than Tiger's 2003 season, which was when Woods was also 28.

That year, Woods participated in 18 events, winning five and finishing in the top 12 on 13 occasions. He finished with about $6.7 million in winnings. We're not even halfway through this season, and already Day has three wins and seven top 12 finishes, in 10 events. He's on track to surpass Woods in wins, top 12 finishes, and season earnings.

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In fact, in his past 19 events, he's only missed the top 12 three times. He's already earned $5.5 million in 2016 alone, and has made about double that since July. That means in less than a full calendar year, the Aussie has made $11 million from his performances.

Granted, players make more now than they did in Woods' heyday, but even so, Day has been on a tear that's rarely been seen in the golfing world.

Another Woods comparison: Since 2000, only two golfers have won six out of the first 13 events entering the Masters. Day this year, and Woods, who did it four times.

Day's hot start has been more than enough to help him reach the No. 1 Official World Golf Ranking. It doesn't look like he has plans to relinquish that title anytime soon, either.

Of course, Day still has a ways to go before catching Woods, both financially and on the golf course. After all, Woods has made more than a billion dollars thanks to his endorsement deals. Day isn't there yet, but if he keeps playing this well, it may only be a matter of time.

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and Google+ and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance.
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