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Can Jason Day win another Major in 2023?

When Jason Day won the PGA Championship back in 2015 it seemed certain to be the first of several Major titles coming the way of the gifted Australian.

However, almost eight years on and Day has not added to his tally and you could be forgiven for thinking that he is something of a fading force at the top level of the game.

So what are the chances that Day can turn things around and get himself back into contention for victory at one of the PGA Championship, the US Open or The Open Championship later this year?

Day is currently available at 9/1 to claim victory at one of the big four this year and some 500/1 to triumph at two of the remaining three 2023 Majors.

2023 Major Odds

PGA Championship35/1
US Open40/1
Open Championship50/1

Day delivers after going close

That Day triumphed at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August 2015 came as a surprise to no one, with the now 35-year-old having racked up nine top-ten finishes at Major tournaments already.

In Wisconsin he got over the finishing line by shooting 67 in the final round, ending on 20-under par, three shots clear of the rest of the field.

That that breakthrough would be followed by more success seemed inevitable, especially when Day added three more top-ten finishes to his CV across his next four Major outings.

However, a loss of form, lengthy battles with back problems and bouts of vertigo have curtailed his time as one of the main contenders.

On the plus side, a tie for fifth place at the 2019 Masters and tied-fourth at the PGA Championship the following year highlight that a top-class performer is still there on occasion.

What does Day need to do?

Day has long admitted that his struggles for full fitness and a busy family life away from the course have changed the way he has to approach things, telling the West Australian: “I'm a different player than what I was five years ago. I'm a different person, I have different priorities.

"I can't work as hard as I used to just because of my body."

The vertigo has returned in recent times, with Day missing the cut at the ongoing Wells Fargo Championship, a tournament which is the last he won on the PGA Tour, back in 2018.

And he was realistic about what that means for his game, telling the PGA Tour website: "It is obviously the stress of playing the game and I understand there's obviously competitive stress."

All of that adds up to the fact that Day can only do as much as he can do to get back to the top of the game, his body will only allow him to do so much and no amount of fighting spirit can overcome that restriction.

Even the legendary Tiger Woods has had to accept that time waits for no man and, with injuries added in, you sometimes just have to accept the inevitable.

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What are the prospects for the rest of 2023?

The Masters at Augusta offered a glimpse of what Day can still achieve - a T39 finish may not look too impressive, but take out a final-round 80 when the Australian admitted that he was struggling with vertigo, and his performance was far from shabby.

Tied for ninth after three rounds at Augusta, Day only fell away as the effects of his condition began to bite.

The next big date on the calendar is the PGA Championship, which will be held at Oak Hill between May 18-21, with the New York course hosting the event for the first time in a decade.

And Day has reason to remember his time at Oak Hill in 2013, as he shot 67-71-72-67 to finish in a share of eighth place alongside Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson.

That previous form might just inspire Day to reproduce former glories, as long as his body allows him to compete across all four rounds.

Following that is the US Open at the Los Angeles Country Club, which will be hosting its first Major between June 15-18, so there is no previous form to draw upon.

The final Major of the year is the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake between July 20-23 and the bad news for Day is that he has struggled worst of all at this tournament.

He has registered only one of his 16 top-ten finishes in a Major at The Open and finished way down in a tie for 58th when the tournament was last played at Hoylake back in 2014.

All in all, it may well be that the PGA Championship offers the best hope of another Day Major victory, but truth be told he has to be seen as a long shot to add to his tally before 2023 draws to a close.

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