The Courier-Mail

Day’s like a Tiger pouncing on No.1

- BEN EVERILL

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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