7 Stats That Prove It's Premature to Compare Jason Day to Tiger

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7 Stats That Prove It's Premature to Compare Jason Day to Tiger

From Golf.com  http://www.golf.com/extra-spin/seven-stats-prove-its-premature-compare-d...

 

There's been a lot of chatter over the past few days about how Jason Day's torrid run has been like something out of Tiger Woods's playbook. Even Adam Scott said Day has been positively "Tiger-esque." But as these seven staggering stats show, Day still has a loooong way to go before he should be crowned Tiger II.

7/17

Day has won seven of his last 17 tournaments. Tiger did that seven times.

15

That's the number of Woods's missed cuts. No, not this year. In his career. Day missed 16 cuts in 2008 alone. Yeah, he was a rookie then, but Tiger was one of those once as well.

281

For more than five straight years Woods had a stranglehold on the world No. 1 ranking. Day has had it since last fall. This one isn't out of reach, but let's talk in 2020.

Photo: AP Is Jason Day Tiger-esque right now? Hey Tiger, what do you think?

Is Jason Day Tiger-esque right now? Hey Tiger, what do you think?

54-5

That's Tiger's record in tournaments when he's held the 54-hole lead. If he was leading on Sunday, it was a wrap. Day has won five straight with the lead on Sunday but already has six blown leads. 

24

When Tiger owns a tournament, he owns a tournament. Woods has defended a title 24 times. Day has 10 total wins and has never successfully defended a title. 

52

Remember peak Woods? He posted 52 straight rounds of par or better from 2000-'01. Day's best stretch to date is 22 rounds, which he accomplished at the end of 2015 between the Open Championship and the third round at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

4

Again this one seems a little unfair, but it's another good reminder to pump the breaks on the comparisons. Tiger won two or more majors in four separate seasons. Day has yet to win two majors.

DON
Some of thoose stats are not

Some of thoose stats are not all that important. Day may have missed more cuts than Tiger has, but maybe he just joined the tour a year too soon. And let's be honest, the entire Tour has a LOT of really good players today, compared to when Tiger was on top. Wan look at who holds the tour record for the most consecitive WIN on Tour, It's NOT Tige, not by a long margin. An let's not forget that Vijay Singh won I believe 11 tour events in one year, something Tiger has never done. They used to say that Tiger was going to break all of Jack/s reconds, and now it doesn't look like he will come close.

Don

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All interesting reading

All interesting reading although I think if you pick the correct stats you can just about say anything. There is no doubt that Tiger was one of the greatest ever golfers. I would love to see him back to his best to compete with Day, speith and Rory. Isnt it funny how when you reach a certain level you are known just my your 1st name. Anyway I would love to come back to this "battle of the stats" when Day, Speith or Rory reach doulble figures for Majors then we can take a look. All due respect the the socalled big 3 at the mo. Jason days recent form is nothing short of phenomenal but at the moment it is just a blip. Lets see if that turns into a year or 2. CAC.

 

 

 

 

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Anyway I would love to come

Anyway I would love to come back to this "battle of the stats" when Day, Speith or Rory reach doulble figures for Majors then we can take a look.

Won't happen.  The playing field is too level.  An individual can get hot for a year or so, but no one has any long term staying power.  Such is the way it has been since Tiger fell from grace and yet he still managed to make it back to #1 in the world for a period.

It's not that the current crop of stars aren't good, they just aren't generationally great like Tiger was.  As strange as it may sound, I found the coverage more compelling watching the field try and overcome the one dominant player of his generation.

I never really fully appreciated the generational greats of my youth like Nicklaus, Rose or Abdul Jabbar.  Players such as these only come along once a generation and many lack a certain mass appeal due to their intensely competitive personalities.  I didn't make the same mistake with the likes of Tiger or Jordan.  You have to admire them for their talent, determination and will to succeed.