Ahead of the US Open, Jason Day has spoken of his desire to get to the top of the game, knocking fellow Aussie Adam Scott off his perch.
“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always wanted to get to that No. 1 spot,” said Day. “It's still on my radar and I think it always will be.”
If Jason Day’s name is to appear on top of the rankings he will have to oust one of the favourites for this week’s championship - Adam Scott. And Day says seeing Scott ascend to the pinnacle of the game has only increased his drive.
“It definitely has given me motivation, he's a very accomplished player,” said Day. “He's won a lot of big tournaments, big, big tournaments.”
"It's up to me if I really want to achieve it or not." - Jason Day
Day is still only 26-years-old. If he does rise to No.1 before the age of 30, he will become the youngest Australian ever to hold the crown.
“It would be awesome to be the youngest Australian No. 1,” he said.
“It would be awesome just to be No. 1 in general, but I really want to achieve that No. 1 spot before 30. Then get into the real peak of my golfing career and really see what I got. It's up to me if I really want to achieve it or not.”
Jason Day on his injury
Since winning the World Matchplay Championship back in March, Day has been fighting a thumb injury that has halted his schedule this year.
If he is to contend at Pinehurst he will need to be fully fit, capable of playing five-hour rounds at a time at what is labeled ‘the toughest test in golf’.
However, Jason Day maintains he is ready for whatever Pinehurst No.2 can throw at him.
“I'm a hundred percent healthy. I just want to get that out there,” Day said.
“There's no issues with the thumb. There are no issues with any other part of my body that have been an issue in the past.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing this week.”
jason Day tees off with Sergio Garcia and Brant Snedeker in group seven this Thursday.