Day reveals he struggled with being World No. 1
Aussie star Jason Day claims he’ll handle it differently if he ever gets to the top of the rankings tree again.
The former world No 1 has had a year he would probably rather forget, with the biggest distraction being the lung cancer scare for his mother.
Jason Day on top of the world after his win at the 2016 Players Championship (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
On top of that it has now been a prolonged win drought for the former US PGA champion, who has not held a trophy aloft since taking out the Players Championship in Sawgrass in May 2016.
“My mum getting lung cancer was very difficult,” Day explained during a press conference at last weekend’s CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea.
“I don’t have any grandparents. I don’t have my dad…I don’t have anyone.”
“If I lost my mum all I would have would be my two sisters.”
On the upside for Day is that his mother has had successful surgery and appears to have come through the ordeal.
That has left Day to take the long road back to his best form and hopefully another shot at being the No 1 player in the world.
Day won five times in a stellar stretch of form on his way being rated the world’s best player in 2015.
Yet the Queenslander explained in South Korea that he had not dealt very well with the pressures of becoming the world No. 1.
He assured the media he would handle it differently if he gets back there.
“I think I was a little burnt-out from 2015 and 2016,” said Day, who is currently ranked No. 8 in the world.
“I did not know how to handle being No. 1 at that time.”
“The next time I get there, I will handle it a little bit differently.”
It has been well documented that Day split with his long-time caddie Colin Swatton several weeks ago.
Still Swatton remains a loyal friend and has stayed on as Day’s coach.