Day rebounds at Australian PGA

Jason Day spoke positively about rebounding at Coolum after his finish to the Presidents Cup last Sunday, where the 24-year-old admitted to putting too much pressure on himself.

“It would be nice to win here in a field this strong and with the good world ranking points that go with it,” said Day following his second round 69 today.

Jason Day shot back to back rounds of 69 at the 2011 Australian PGA Jason Day shot back to back rounds of 69 (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Day is at 6-under-par after opening with 69 yesterday to be one shot off the pace of early leader, Bubba Watson.

Day is coming off a tough Australian Open – he was in contention heading into the final day at The Lakes in Sydney – and a disappointing Presidents Cup.

Today he let his sticks to the talking. He felt better for it and is confident of another strong tournament in Coolum.

“The Australian Open was kind of tough for me to handle,” said Day.

“I thought I had a good shot at winning that tournament and I kind of blew it. I just put too much pressure on myself and I think if I am in the same position this week, it is going to be a little different.”

Without being specific about his future plans to return to Australian next year, Day has been open about his desire to secure an Australian victory.

“I would really like to win the Australian Open and the PGA but getting home really comes down to scheduling,” he says.

“You may well see me back here. I’m not guaranteeing that but I want to try and do my best to whenever I can.”

Day was signalling that his future lies in the US and that his schedule may preclude his return each year Down Under.

This is the first year since 2006 that Day has played at home. The Australian PGA Championship is the only time he has played as a professional in his home state.

“Obviously I want to get back to see my family – it’s sad leaving here [Australia].” says Day.

“My life is in America and I have an American wife and I am hopefully starting up a family soon and, with that, you have Thanksgiving and all the other random holidays they have over there.”

Day’s last appearance at Coolum caused a storm four years ago – he didn’t play because he was injured – when he held a press conference and spoke about his desire to overtake Tiger Woods as the world’s best player.

With a current world ranking of eight, Day is on target to eventually take the top ranking.

During the recent Australian Open, Greg Norman said that he thought Day was his pick to be the next Australian to claim the number one ranking.

Day’s statement from four years ago had many questioning Day’s arrogance, however his results in majors and on the lucrative PGA Tour have long silenced those critics.

At 6-under-par Day is positioned perfectly to have another crack at an Australian Tour title.

Should he win the Australian PGA Championship title, one bonus will be the added incentive for him to return to defend his title next year. That’s something we all want to see.