Day de­ter­mined to keep hold of his No 1 spot

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DUSTIN John­son or Hideki Mat­suyama can reach the top of the world rank­ings for the first time this week but cur­rent No 1 Ja­son Day is de­ter­mined to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing.

US Open cham­pion John­son needs to win the Gen­e­sis Open and for Day to fin­ish worse than a three­way tie for third to claim top spot at Riviera Coun­try Club.

A sixth win in his last 10 world­wide events will make Mat­suyama the first male Ja­panese player to be­come world No 1 but only if Day finishes lower than a two-way tie for 24th.

“They don’t give tro­phies for it, it is more of a pride thing at the end of your ca­reer. You want to know how many weeks you were at No 1,” Day, who was fifth in last week’s AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am, told a pre-tour­na­ment press con­fer­ence.

“To get there even for one week is pretty spe­cial. No one can take that away from you, which is great.

“I said ear­lier that to be No 1 for a cal­en­dar year would be great but I need to just fo­cus on what I need to do be­cause you can’t re­ally fo­cus on stay­ing No 1.

“The more you fo­cus on the ac­tual tar­get it­self, the more you at­tach your­self to it, you make men­tal er­rors out there, you get more frus­trated, you do silly things on the golf course that you shouldn’t be do­ing.

“I need to fo­cus on hit­ting the shot in front of me, go­ing to the next shot and hit­ting that and try­ing to beat ev­ery­one else be­cause I know that as long as I win, it will take care of it.

“If some­one takes it off me, I’m OK with it. I’m not go­ing to be an­gry or sad.”

Stars’ Mikael Lid­ham­mar comes un­der pres­sure from Capitals’ Ja­cob John­ston and Jared Staal.

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