Australian golfers Jason Day and Lucas Herbert have yet to be defeated at the $30m World Match Play event in Austin, Texas. Day, who has won two matches in a row, is making a comeback, while Herbert needs to come out on top in his group and qualify for the quarter-finals to secure a place in the Masters.
Despite being tied or behind for the majority of the match, Lucas Herbert defeated world No.16 Tyrrell Hatton with two consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. Meanwhile, fellow Australians Cam Davis, Adam Scott, and Min Woo Lee each have a 1-1 record in their first two matches.
As Day and Herbert are performing impressively at the World Match Play tournament, the rest of the event will be closely watched by the golfing world as it could impact the rankings and momentum of players heading into the Masters. With several Australian golfers showing promising signs, it is an exciting time for the sport in the country.
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Jason Day follows Tiger’s advice to continue his return to the top while Lucas Herbert eyes a Masters berth.
Jason Day has climbed to world No. 37 this year after a two-year struggle, and he attributes some of his recent success to the advice given to him by Tiger Woods to trust his swing changes even when things aren’t going well. Day said that Woods advised him to “just trust his hands out there” despite making changes to his swing.
During his second match of the tournament, Day confessed feeling like an “amateur” compared to his day one performance, stating that he was back to the daily ups and downs of golf. He explained that match play requires players to stay in the game constantly and “hang around, hang around, hang around” to grind out a win.
According to Day, having a good short game and putting skills can result in a good day like his first match, or a day like his second where one needs to struggle to secure a win.
The World Match Play tournament is a significant event for golfers as it offers an excellent chance to build momentum ahead of the upcoming Masters, which is only a few weeks away. Securing a spot in the quarter-finals is crucial for Herbert as it will guarantee his participation in the Masters.
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