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Jason Day is playing like a seasoned vet at age 22

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It would make sense if Jason Day was intimidated by his elders, but instead the 22-year-old barely shows them respect. On the golf course, that is.

Sporting tight-fitted TaylorMade attire from head to toe, Jason Day has proven himself as one of the standouts among a plethora of talented youth who've dominated the PGA Tour this season. Day earned his first professional victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, as well as five top-10 finishes, most notably a T-10 at the PGA Championship. Not only has Day broken into the top 50 in the World Rankings at no. 41, but he's currently ranked fourth in FedEx Cup points.

Not since Greg Norman, Adam Scott or Geoff Ogilvy has there been such a promising Aussie making noise on the PGA Tour like Jason Day. His rapid progress is undoubtedly due to his versatility. From titanium-denting drives to sky-high fades, Day's a gritty player who understands when to execute the aggressive shot vs. a cautious one. Unlike his peers, like Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler who swing out of their shoes any chance they get, Day's not afraid to be conservative and its been crucial to his success.

There's no doubt Day's deep off the tee, ranked 15th on Tour in Driving Distance (average 298-yards). However, it's his putting and craftiness around the greens that has set him apart from the rest. With a wedge in hand, Day is like a magician choosing which spell to execute.

But who, or what, can explain the fact that Day hasn't missed a cut since winning the Byron Nelson in May, not to mention finishing T5 at the Barclays and T2 at the Deutsche Bank?

One word: putting.

A lot of guys on Tour can hit the ball close, but not many can produce under pressure with the flat stick like Day. In the opening round of last week's Deutsche Bank Championship, Day opened with an 8-under par 63, dropping ten birdies almost unconsciously, like a newspaper boy following his daily route. His meticulous nature bodes well for him on the greens, allowing him to gauge both speed and break with precision. If he keeps competing like he has and progressing all the while, he will rule the day ... and maybe sooner than anyone expected.

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