November 26 2013
By PGATOUR.COM Staff
Jason Day quietly celebrated his victory Sunday at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. His focus already had turned to the Emirates Australian Open, which begins Thursday at Royal Sydney Golf Club.
“I didn’t go out and drink. I didn’t do any of that stuff,” Day said Tuesday. “I had a dinner with my family and I was in bed by 10. I had to wake up the next morning to go to the gym. I was really trying to focus on preparing for this week. This week is huge for me.”
The World Cup was Day’s first win since the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. He has his eye on his home country's national championship this week.
"It's one of the tournaments that I've always wanted to win,” Day said. “It's huge to an Australian. So many great names ... have won the trophy. To one day hopefully put my name on the trophy would be an amazing honor.”
He’ll play the first two rounds with Kevin Streelman and Adam Scott. When asked who was the longer hitter between the two Australians in the group, Day joked, “(Scott) will probably hit it past me because he looks a little fitter than me."
Day rose to No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his victory last week at Royal Melbourne. He said he still has a goal of reaching No. 1 in the world; his early-morning trip to the gym after his World Cup win was proof of his dedication to that goal.
"Being No. 1 has always been a goal ever since I practically picked up the golf club. I've always wanted to get to that No. 1 spot,” Day said. “We had a goal, me and (Day’s swing coach and caddie) Colin (Swatton), when we first met, back when I was 12 or 13, that we wanted to become the No. 1 player in the world. We had a goal to get there at 22. We ended up gettig to No. 7 at 23, so we fell short but it's still on my mind to get to that No. 1 spot. It's so tough with Tiger being at the top. You have to be working harder than him. You have to be playing well every week. I have to improve each and every year."