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October 16 2012

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Day eyes No. 1 ranking

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Jason Day has four top 10s in 16 events this season.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Jason Day is young, talented and excited about his golf game again. It’s easy to see that his confidence is high, too. “Obviously, I want to get to No. 1 in the world at some stage,” Day said Tuesday in preparation for the McGladrey Classic. The 24-year-old Australian is coming off a fourth-place finish two weeks ago at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – where he flirted with a final-round 59 after opening with seven birdies on his first nine. He finished with a 65, but more importantly showed that his game is finally coming around after an injury-plagued season. “This year’s been very tough on me,” said Day, who also took an extended break due to the birth of his first child earlier this year. “With the injuries and obviously with the birth of my first child -- which has been a positive thing on my life -- it took time away from the golf course.  It was like a broken puzzle, pretty much. Over these last couple of months I’ve been able to actually get back to practicing, get back to the normal way that I prepared for an event last year.” Not only does Day have an eye on the top of the golf world, but he’s eager to put together a plan to get there. The fact that he failed to advance to this year’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola during the FedExCup Playoffs only drives him more. “The first thing you’ve got to do is win,” said Day, who is 80 th on the PGA TOUR money list after finishing 14 th in the 2011 FedExCup standings and placing second in both the Masters and U.S. Open. “If you want to be the best you’ve got to win regularly on the TOUR," added Day, whose lone win is the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. "That’s one thing I have to do better, winning and winning a lot more.” After this season, Day said he will sit down with his wife, agent and coach to go over a game plan for the 2013 season. He’ll focus on weight training and nutrition, and also work to balance golf and family time. “It’s just not about hitting balls or practicing your short game,” Day said. Day is making his first appearance at the McGladrey, played on the 7,005-yard Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. With everything back in sync again, don't be surprised if Day delivers another high finish. “I’m looking forward to finishing up the year strong,” he said. “I want to finish up strong going into next year.”
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