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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
It’s been a while since an Australian has won a British Open. Eighteen years in fact. When Greg Norman won at Royal St. George’s in 1993, our current next best hope was still playing in sand pits rather than bunkers. Florida-based Jason Day, who like Norman hails from Queensland, heads into the 140th British Open—again at St. George’s—with two runner-up finishes in as many majors this year. Having risen to the world No.7 ranking in June, his major form is good and temperament sound. But is that enough to add another claret jug to Australia’s metaphoric liquor cabinet? It makes sense as the highest ranked Aussie that Day is at the shortest odds with the bookmakers for a St. George’s win among his countrymen. But in some ways, he remains an unknown quantity when it comes to British Open tracks. In his only British Open experience, he finished an uninspiring T60 at St Andrews last year. It was Jason Day, Australia’s highest-ranked golfer at No.7, has had major expectations upon him ever since he joined the US Tour as a teenager in 2006. But never has the anticipation been as real as it is heading into this week’s British Open. Is the coming of age for the Queenslander perfectly timed for a taste of claret? PLAYER THE DAY OF RECKONING The Next Generation www.qualitygolf.com.au