June 24, 2014
- Jason Day was runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. (Getty Images/Jared Wickerham)
The No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking was within Jason Day's reach when a thumb injury forced a prolonged layoff earlier this year. Day played just once -- a T20 at the Masters Tournament -- between his victory at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
This week's Quicken Loans National is Day's third consecutive start and fourth in the past five weeks; he's also scheduled to play in next week's The Greenbrier Classic. Day finished T4 at the U.S. Open and T18 at last week's Travelers Championship.
"I learned more out of this injury than I have the past previous injuries that I've had," he said. "Being out for three months is very frustrating, especially with how I played at the start of the year. I'm just glad it's behind me and I can move on."
Day has played just seven events in the 2013-14 season, but has three top-10s and is No. 24 in the FedExCup. He's sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking.
"I'm just glad it's all in the past," Day said of the ligament injury in his left thumb that allowed him to play just once between Feb. 23 and May 29.
His history at Congressional Country Club is impressive. He was runner-up here in the 2011 U.S. Open, eight shots behind runaway winner Rory McIlroy; Day played his final 45 holes without a bogey. He finished eighth in the 2012 Quicken Loans National and 21st in this event last year.
The Accenture Match Play Championship was Day's second PGA TOUR victory (2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship). He also won the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in November and could have reached the No. 1 position in the world with a win at this year's Masters.
"If I didn't get injured, I felt like I had a really good shot of getting to No. 1," he said. "Obviously getting back to No. 6 in the world is pretty special, as well.. I have to kind of slowly work my way back up there. This would be a good start to win this week but there's a lot of golf to be played from tomorrow on."
Jason Day on recovering from injury before Quicken Loans