Day determined to lift the Claret Jug
Jason Day has come a long way since he came within one shot of making the play-off in The Open at St Andrews last year.
Since then, the Australian claimed his first Major, the USPGA Championship and reached No. 1 on the Official World Golf Rankings; he is now determined to build on what he learned in defeat twelve months ago at The Home of Golf.
“I guess last year was the start of the run where everything kind of changed in my world”
“I guess last year was the start of the run where everything kind of changed in my world,” said the 28-year-old Queenslander. “It was definitely a motivational factor getting as close as I did and I think it finally got me over the hurdle of believing it was my time to start winning these things.”
Day made his debut in The Open at St Andrews in 2010 but it was only last year that he started to come to terms with the vagaries of links golf.
“I grew up playing some of the Melbourne Sandbelt courses but it’s not really the same as the links golf you get over here.
“It’s hard because everything is very different to what I’m used to in America. There you have a certain style of golf but then you come over here and you have to adapt your game to certain shots and certain ways of thinking. That was difficult for me at the start but as time went on I started to really grow into loving links golf and The Open Championship. There’s nothing else like it really.”
“Just to be called the Champion Golfer of the Year would be fantastic”
Day makes no secret of his desire to win the Claret Jug and not just because he is determined to fight off the challenge from Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to maintain his position as the World No. 1.
“Just to be called the Champion Golfer of the Year would be fantastic,” he said. “When I was growing up in Australia there were two Major Championships we looked at. It was Augusta National (Masters Tournament) and The Open Championship. I grew up in an era when (Greg) Norman and a lot of other Australians started their careers in Europe and this is what their favourite Major would be.
“This is pretty special,” he added. “This is the 145TH (Open) so it’s been around for a very long time. The greats have all held the trophy. I guess the most satisfying thing you can do is to beat the best in the world on some of the most challenging golf courses that we don’t usually get the chance to play. I’d be over the moon if I could hold the Claret Jug one day.”