The Courier-Mail

Day’s like a Tiger pounc­ing on No.1


NEARLY eight years af­ter be­ing lam­basted for declar­ing his de­sire to be the world’s best, Jason Day fi­nally gets his chance.

As a fresh-faced 20-yearold, Day (pic­tured) caused a mas­sive stir when he de­clared, “I’m sure I can take him down”, when talk­ing about Tiger Woods and his spot at No.1 in the world.

At the time it seemed in­con­ceiv­able, such was Woods’ dom­i­nance, but now, af­ter a longer road than ex­pected, Day is just a win away from be­ing Aus­tralia’s third, and youngest, world No.1.

“No.1 is my num­ber one pri­or­ity in life. I’ve al­ways wanted to get to No.1 in the world. I’m on the verge of it,” Day said on the eve of the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship where a win, cou­pled with Rory McIl­roy or Jor­dan Spi­eth not be­ing run­ner-up, would have him sit atop the golf­ing world.

“Rory and Jor­dan are the two I’m shoot­ing for. I think the fact that I’m a lit­tle bit be­hind them makes me more hun­gry; makes me hun­gry to go and try to catch them.”

Day un­der­stands the flak he copped for his youth­ful con­fi­dence, but now it just seems a mat­ter not of if, but when he reaches his goal.

The key to a Day vic­tory at TPC Bos­ton, where he has three top-10 fin­ishes, will be the back nine.

In his seven starts the Queens­lan­der is 50 un­der par on the front nine but only 17 un­der on the back nine.

“I love com­ing back up here,’’ Day said. “The golf course, for some rea­son, fits my eye and I feel a lot more com­fort­able out here.’’

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