Day and Allenby take to Coolum looking to get their mojo back.
One of the premier talking points of the Presidents Cup was the poor form of Robert Allenby. Playing as a captain’s pick on his home course, he was supposed to be a formidable opponent for the Americans. But Allenby failed to win a match during the event and left Royal Melbourne with very little confidence in his golf game.
Jason Day didn’t exactly set Royal Melbourne alight either. His 5 and 3 defeat at the hands of Hunter Mahan on Sunday probably flattered Day who barely got his game together all week.
Both players are in the field for this week’s Australian PGA Championship at Coolum and will be keen to make amends for the poor performances at The Presidents Cup and finish the year on a high.
Jason Day looked completely out of sorts at Royal Melbourne and one wonders whether his game is really suited to links style golf. After spending five years in the US and becoming Australia’s best ranked golfer, his game looks better on the target style golf courses of the US PGA Tour. Hyatt Rgency Coolum may be much more to his liking.
“The Australian Open was kind of tough for me to handle, I thought I had a good shot at winning that tournament and I kind of blew it, I put too much pressure on myself and I wanted to go out there and win as a professional for the first time playing the Australian Open, just put too much pressure on myself and I think if I am in the same position this week it is going to be a little different”, Day said today.
Allenby is probably happy to see the back of Royal Melbourne and welcome the surrounds of Coolum. He has won the Australian PGA Championship four times, two of which have been at Coolum where he won in 2005 and 2009.
His year on the US PGA Tour really hasn’t been that bad and despite what many of said, the choice by Norman to have Allenby in the Presidents Cup team could easily be justified with stats. He hadn’t missed a cut since June and had two top-20 finishes in his last three events.
I don’t think a great performance from Day and Allenby is that far away. Good golf doesn’t disappear that quickly so look out for these two guys to get their mojo back this week at Coolum.