Eighteen sobering holes at Augusta National is all it took for the illusion to be irreparably cracked.
Jason Day was not on the comeback trail. Far from it.
Whether or not the Australian truly believed he was is unclear, although, publicly, he strongly suggested he was.
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“My body feels tremendous,” he said before the showpiece event.
“I’ve always said that I’d get to 40 and re-evaluate things. I feel with the way my body is going, I feel like I can play to 50 now, which is great, and I’ve just got to stay mentally sharp and try and want it more than anyone else.
“My goal is to get back to No.1 in the world, and I know that I’ll definitely do a lot of things differently just because…