RAC­ING Day look­ing up

Townsville Bulletin - - RACING -

JA­SON Day hopes a re­turn to one of his most suc­cess­ful swings on the US PGA Tour can pro­vide a much- needed spark for his mis­fir­ing sea­son.

The Aus­tralian world No. 7 ( pic­tured) ar­rives at this week’s World Golf Cham­pi­onship­sBridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional search­ing for a first win since May 2016 and with a tie for 22nd at the Mas­ters his best re­sult at the first three ma­jors of 2017. He also sur­ren­dered a 47week reign as the world No. 1 to Dustin John­son in Fe­bru­ary.

“It hasn’t been the great­est year for me in ma­jor cham­pi­onships,” said Day.

“It’s also been a lit­tle light in putting my­self in con­tention on Tour, as well.” But the 29year- old will chan­nel the good vibes from his stel­lar record at the next Tour’s five tour­na­ments.

T h e s e have yielded a break­through ma­jor ti­tle at the 2015 US PGA Cham­pi­onship among three wins, two run­ners- up and five top- five fin­ishes in the run cul­mi­nat­ing with the Tour Cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve got a good stretch of tour­na­ments com­ing up to be able to work on the mo­men­tum I picked up on the week­end rounds at the Bri­tish Open,” said Day.

His form at this week’s WGC event in Ohio is also im- pres­sive, with a third place last year and a fourth in 2011.

But the 10- time PGA Tour win­ner still has an axe to grind with Ohio’s Fire­stone Coun­try Club.

Day held the lead dur­ing the fi­nal round of the WGCBridge­stone last year be­fore drop­ping three shots between the 15th and 16th holes to hand big- hit­ting John­son the ti­tle.

“I was play­ing pretty de­cent go­ing into 16 and then ev­ery­thing fell apart. I felt I han­dled the whole week re­ally well be­fore that,” said Day. “Dustin was just play­ing some sen­sa­tional golf and un­for­tu­nately I just gave it to him.

“Hope­fully if I’m in same sit­u­a­tion this week play a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently.” the I’ll HAR­NESS rac­ing re­turns to the Royal Queens­land Show for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year in 2017, fea­tur­ing on every sin­gle day of the 10- day Ekka.

Fi­nals will be held across all 10 days of the Ekka, each worth $ 1000 and be­ing held as a key part of the night pro­gram from 5.15pm.

Heats will also be run on most days from mid­day, and the Mini trots, with ju­nior driv­ers steer­ing Shet­land ponies, will fea­ture on the open­ing day of the Ekka, Friday, Au­gust 11, as well as Sun­day, Au­gust 13 and then on the fi­nal Friday and Satur­day.

The fi­nal day of the show will fea­ture the $ 10,000 Gar­rards/ Big Dog Pet Foods Ekka Show Fi­nal.

Each race will be held over 1609m, which com­prises four laps of the 400m cir­cuit.

The trots were wel­comed back to the Ekka in 2014 af­ter a decade ab­sence.

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ALL SMILES: Trots driv­ers Stacey and Lola Wei­de­mann.

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