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MARANA, Ariz. – There are only two reasons why I’ll ask you to remember the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. First off, there was a 16-year-old kid from Dallas that was in contention all the way until Sunday afternoon. You’ll have to Google him. I think his last name was Spieth. Second, it turned out to be the first PGA TOUR victory for a fresh-faced, 22-year-old Jason Day. That was three-and-a-half years ago, but entering this week’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Spieth and Day boasted the same number of TOUR wins. Unfortunately, it’s the loneliest number. That’s not to say Day hasn’t been close. He’s nearly added two Green Jackets to his wardrobe over the past three years. He’s finished runner-up six times on TOUR, including earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open. He teed it up at 21 TOUR stops in 2011 and he finished inside the top 10 nearly half the time. So why the delay in adding another PGA TOUR trophy to his case? Day says it comes down to two things: Preparation and the right mental perspective. In other words, saying that you want a win is much different than actually wanting that win. Identifying the problem is half the battle. Desire wasn’t going to be an issue in the Arizona desert. "There was nothing that was going to stop me this week," Day said Sunday night, his new trophy at his side. "I just wanted it more than anything in the world." It’s often said in golf that it just takes the confidence of one win to open up the floodgates for a talented player. And that’s the scary part about Day winning the Match Play. He didn’t walk away with just one win this week. He got six Sunday afternoons for the price of one. Despite starting the week without his best stuff, Day kept hanging around in his matches and finding a way to win. He birdied the last to beat Thorbjorn Olesen. It took him 22 holes to climb out of a 3 down deficit to Billy Horschel. He didn’t get down during Victor Dubuisson’s video game-like comeback in the finals. He kept grinding. He kept his trust in his preparation and hard work. He got win No. 2. “It just gets those juices flowing,” Day said. “It's what you're going to feel on Sundays at big events.” So, on which Sunday are we going to see win No. 3? With his talent and experience we’re starting to learn that’s entirely up to Day. “As long as I keep working hard and I want it as much as this, hopefully the floodgates will open and I'll win a lot more,” Day said. “But it's totally up to me if I want to win one more or 10 more or 20 more. It's just how much I want it.” @JDayGolf Well done mate. Ur mind work was brilliant. Way to start what can only b a gr8 year ahead on @PGATOUR . Any tournament a possible W — Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) February 24, 2014 Day: "I'm not Rory. I'm not Tiger. I'm not Adam Scott. I'm Jason Day. I need to do the work and it will happen." #MatchPlay — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 24, 2014 Although everyone has their own pronunciation of his name, there was no disagreement about the play of Victor Dubuisson on Sunday. The new World No. 23 battled back from 3 down in both the semifinals (a win over Ernie Els) and the finals (a 23-hole loss to Day). But it’s the two shots below that he’ll be remembered for the most. If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look. If you have seen them, take another look. NOTABLE NUMBERS: Saving pars in match play will drive opponents insane. Look no further than champion Jason Day, who missed 36 greens in regulation this week and saved par 32 times. - Each year since 2008, the No. 1 overall seed at the Match Play has failed to advance out of the second round. This year, Henrik Stenson was ousted. - This year marked the first time in Accenture Match Play history that the 18-hole final match has gone to extra holes. - There has still never been a French winner on the PGA TOUR. Dubuisson tied Gregory Havret, Thomas Levet and Jean Van de Velde with his second-place finish. - In 10 starts at the Match Play, Luke Donald has only been knocked out in the first round twice. This year he was beaten by Matteo Manassero. Conversely, this year was the fifth time in six years that Dustin Johnson had been bounced after Round 1. UP NEXT: The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and many more will be in the field. Read more about the event in Jeff Shain’s First Look PHOTO OF THE WEEK: After a hard-fought match with his father, Dash Day felt compelled to cheer up Rickie Fowler.
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