If you did not have the chance to see it live in real time, and there is no sane reason why anyone in Oz should have, be sure to catch the replay of Jason Day nearly severing the pin with his tee shot on the par three 17th hole at Quail Hollow during the recently completed Wells Fargo Championship.
The 17th is the second of a three-hole stretch known as The Green Mile, because the Yanks have steadfastly clung to the old system of measurement. The three finishing holes are considered amongst the toughest of any course used by the PGA Tour. It is doubtful the three finishing holes would be any easier if measured by the proper metric system, but somehow, The Green 1.60934 Kilometres or The 1609 Metres does not contain the same cachet as The Green Mile.
The 17th was playing to 240 yards during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship (do your own maths) and Day hit his tee shot with a seven iron. That same distance would have required one driver or two seven irons by us mortals.
The shot came down hard and appeared headed off the back of the green, but instead clanged resoundingly of the flagstick and could have just as easily gone down for a hole in one. As it was, it settled just over a metre away, leaving Day with a two-shot advantage after he converted the easy birdie putt.
The final results on paper will show that Day started the fourth round with a two-shot lead and finished the tournament with a two-shot lead, but he made it interesting with two consecutive bogies on the back nine that gave hope to his pursuers, particularly the 21-year-old Aaron Wise, who showed a degree of poise that is not often seen from anyone, let alone a PGA Tour newcomer in search of his first victory.
For Day, it was his second win of the season and the victory moved him up seven spots, from 14th to seventh, in the official rankings.