Day still focused on top spot

Jason Day.
Jason Day.

HOW many years ago was it that Jason Day was kicked from pillar to post for having the youthful exuberance and ambition to declare he wanted to be No.1 in the world, to bring down Tiger Woods? Old heads frowned and their voices pontificated: ''Let your clubs do the talking, sonny.''

He was 16 at the time, seven years ago, and he was chastened by the criticism when they're shouldn't have been any, but he has let those clubs talk - with considerable impact.

Day is now No.7 in the world rankings, and there's a new order in place. Woods has been brought down, not by Day or any others, but rather by his own actions, mostly off the golf course. He's now 55th in the rankings while Woods's bridesmaid for so many years, Phil Mickelson, is No.11.

The youngster maintains his teenage ambition and repeated it again yesterday in an international teleconference before our late spring of golf next month in which he is playing the Australian Open at The Lakes, The Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne and then the PGA Championship at Coolum.

"You know, it's always been a goal of mine to get to the No.1 spot," Day said. "But I know it comes with a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication to the game. It's small steps. At the start of my career, I thought I was going to come out and kill it. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way. I've worked my way back up to where I believe I can be [No.1]. I know it's going to take a while, but hopefully I can get to that No.1 spot in the next five years, and that would be nice."


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