Jason Day defeated Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes to win the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. It is the second win of his career on the PGA Tour.
At the post-game press conference, Day spoke about his winning attitude:
It’s so different between me saying, yeah, I want to win, and me actually thinking that I want to win. My mind ‑‑ I’ve been working so hard on just the whole mental approach, and how I approach tournaments and the preparation for myself. Preparation is huge, you know.
We just sat down with my team at the end of last year and they said…we’re heading in the right direction. We’re doing all the little things right. We’ve just got to keep going, keep going, and keep working on the little things and it will happen. It took me nearly three years, I guess. I got my second win finally. But just that hard work has paid off.
So hopefully from here on, as long as I keep working hard, and I want it as much as this, hopefully the flood gates will open, and I’ll win a lot more. But it’s totally up to me if I want to win one more or ten more or 20 more. It’s just how much I want it.
If Day is able to keep his mental edge throughout the entire season, we may see a new world no. 1 in 2014. He is currently projected to move to fourth in the world with his first place finish.
Victor Dubuisson, the runner-up, was disappointed with some of the shots he hit down the stretch:
Yeah, I’m disappointed because I [hit] some terrible shots. I missed some shots at the end. It was just the chip on 10. I thought it was perfect, but [it] just had a bad bounce. I just hit it exactly where I wanted it, but got a bad bounce. But the course is the course.
Victor pulled off two seemingly impossible up-and-downs on the first two playoff holes to extend the match:
I just played my shot 100 percent like it was a playable shot, like I had nothing to lose.
Dubuisson showed guts this week. Look for him to contend at the majors, and also be a huge factor for the Europeans at the Ryder Cup.