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It’s good to be Jason Day these days

May 9, 2018

The Australian golfer returns to TPC Sawgrass this week fresh off a win at the Wells Fargo Championship, his second victory of the season. And he’ll take a shot at a third at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he won in 2016. Surely, few in the field probably feel better about their chances than Day.

“Obviously THE PLAYERS is such a huge event,” Day said Sunday after his victory. “It feels like a major to me and I'm sure it feels like a major to most guys. It's really nice to be able to play pretty solid for the most part of the week. The short game is really nice, it's rounding out nicely for next week.

“I've obviously got a lot of work to do over the next few days. I'm going to enjoy tonight and obviously enjoy this win, but once tomorrow starts, it's got to focus back on THE PLAYERS and trying to win that one.”

Day is one of six Australians in the field looking to bring back a sixth title to his home country. Joining him are Adam Scott—who won THE PLAYERS in 2004—Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling and Cameron Smith.

Each has encountered their share of success on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Leishman’s best finish was a T8 showing in 2013, Ogilvy had a T12 in 2012, while Pampling recorded a T27 performance in 2005. Cameron Smith made his only start in the event last year and failed to make the cut.

Should Day or Scott win, they would join fellow Australian Steve Elkington as a two-time winner (1991, 1997). Greg Norman also brought home a victory in 1994.

Below is a complete list of Australians to compete in the prestigious PLAYERS Championship:

Player

Best Finish

Year

Last Start

Total Starts

Robert Allenby

2nd

2010

2015 (T56)

18

Stuart Appleby

T14

1997

2014 (T77)

15

Aaron Baddeley

T9

2009

2017 (T41)

14

Ian Baker-Finch

T2

1992

1996 (Cut)

8

Steven Bowditch

T48

2014

2016 (Cut)

3

Greg Chalmers

T9

2000

2017 (Cut)

10

Bruce Crampton

3rd

1974

1976 (T27)

3

Rodger Davis

68th

1987

1992 (Cut)

3

Jason Day

Won

2016

2017 (T60)

7

Bruce Devlin

T3

1977

1983 (Cut)

9

Steve Elkington

Won

1991, 1997

2009 (Cut)

19

Mathew Goggin

T12

2007

2010 (Cut)

5

Paul Gow

Cut

2002

2002 (Cut)

1

Wayne Grady

T19

1996

2000 (Cut)

15

David Graham

T9

1976

1991 (Cut)

17

Nathan Green

T16

2007

2010 (Cut)

5

Richard Green

T46

2005

2005 (T16)

1

Bradley Hughes

T62

1999

2001 (Cut)

3

Matt Jones

T17

2014

2016 (Cut)

6

Stephen Leaney

Cut

2003

2008 (Cut)

6

Marc Leishman

T8

2013

2017 (Cut)

8

Peter Lonard

T6

2007

2009 (Cut)

7

Graham Marsh

T5

1977

1980 (Cut)

4

Jack Newton

T9

1979

1981 (Cut)

3

James Nitties

T39

2010

2010 (T39)

1

Greg Norman

Won

1994

2004 (T81)

21

Nick O’Hern

T24

2005

2012 (Cut)

8

Geoff Ogilvy

T12

2012

2015 (T24)

14

Brett Ogle

T61

1993

1996 (Cut)

4

Rod Pampling

T27

2005

2017 (T48)

10

Craig Parry

T6

1992

2006 (T22)

17

Steve Rintoul

Cut

1995

1995 (Cut)

1

Adam Scott

Won

2004

2017 (T6)

16

John Senden

T8

2015

2016 (Cut)

14

Peter Senior

Cut

1991

1994 (Cut)

2

Bob Shearer

T20

1978

1984 (Cut)

7

Cameron Smith

Cut

2017

2017 (Cut)

1