The Courier-Mail

Day’s new body of work

- BEN EVERILL

JASON Day’s charge toward the US PGA Tour playoffs’ $US10 million bonus and world No.1 ranking would already be over if he had not transforme­d his body.

Trainer Cornel Driessen has overseen a dramatic increase in the world No.3’s core strength and stability, while adding 7kg of muscle and stripping away 3kg of fat.

The Australian (pictured) has won three of his past four events, including this week’s six-shot win in the playoffs se- ries opener in New Jersey. Driessen said the back twinge that forced Day out of last week’s pre-tournament pro-am would have spelled major trouble had the 27-year-old not completed his new physical preparatio­n.

“If Jason had the same strength profile that he had last year, he would likely be out of the FedEx Cup,” Driessen said.

“If he did not take the three months off after the FedEx Cup last year, which was hard because he wanted to play in Australia especially, and do the work he needed to do, he would not have been as resilient as he is now.

“He would have played through the pain because he’s gutsy like that but in all likelihood he would have injured himself further.

“As it was, he wasn’t out of the woods until the weekend so it was a truly remarkable and courageous performanc­e.”

Day took on South African Driessen, who also works with Henrik Stenson and Charl Schwartzel, after last year’s FedEx Cup.

The trainer pinpointed core weakness as a huge limitation to his injury prevention routines.

Day bought into the training philosophy and is reaping the benefits.

“Jason is a complete profession­al and has done every- thing asked of him when it comes to what his coach Colin (Swatton) wants, to changing his diet, to doing his exercise prescripti­ons,” Driessen said.

“His lower core and abs are now incredible and they were close to non-existent in comparison a year ago.

“He is showing as much as 800 per cent improvemen­t in dynamic core flexion strength and significan­t improvemen­ts across the board.”

Day heads to the Deutsche Bank Championsh­ip at TPC Boston this week as the FedEx Cup leader.

He has had three top-10s at the venue, including a second and third.

Should he win again, he would probably become world No.1 as long as current No. 1 and No.2, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, are not right on his tail.

Steven Bowditch (20th) is the only other Australian certain to survive week two of the playoffs, with Matt Jones (57th), Marc Leishman (61st) and John Senden (81st) left with work to be done to be in the top 70 for the BMW Championsh­ip.

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