Jason Day has barely been a blip on the radar so far in the 2016 season after nearly stealing Player of the Year honors from Jordan Spieth last fall.
A big part of that has been the birth of his first child, which saw Day do less off-season preparation and start later in the year than ever before. In three events so far this year, he’s finished tied for 10th, tied for 11th and missed the cut at the Famers Insurance Open.
By this time in 2015, Day had played six events, won two of them, and finished in the top five in three others.
According to reports, Day and Woods spoke via phone for 50 minutes.
“Every time that I talk to him, it’s mindset, mental toughness, effort,” Day said. “It didn’t matter how bad it was; if it was a course that he did not like, he was just going to flat out-execute you. It did not matter. That’s that killer instinct that I need to get back like I had at the second half of last year, get back and take it into this year and go through with it.”
The back half of Day’s 2015 season was as strong as any golfer’s in recent history. After finishing tied for fourth at the Open Championship, he won the Canadian Open, finished 12th at the WGC-Bridgestone, won the PGA Championship and the Barclays; tied for 12th at Deutsche Bank, won the BMW Championship, and tied for 10th at the TOUR Championship.