Jason Day – file photo
Jason Day has rekindled memories of an era where he was one of the more dominant players in the game with an opening round of 63 at the Wells Fargo Championship in Potomac in Maryland to give him a one-shot lead after day one.
Currently ranked 127th in the world, the former number one’s otherwise significant career has been disrupted by injury and illness throughout but he remains as a winner of 12 PGA Tour titles including a major title, two World Golf Championship titles, the Players Championship and just under US$50 million since first joining the PGA Tour in 2008.
Coming off the back of three consecutive missed cuts in individual events, Day was not getting too excited after one good round but he was clearly happy with the direction things are taking after so much recent work with swing coach Chris Como.
“I think it’s a good step in the right direction. Obviously, I’ve got to give myself a pat on the back because I played some nice golf today, but we’ve got three more days after this and I think the main goal is to try and focus and get
yourself in a position where you can win. Yeah, good positive stuff today. Get back, recover and try and get into tomorrow’s round
“Obviously I don’t want to get ahead of myself because I know that it’s easy in the position I am right now after a good round to get ahead of myself and start talking where it could potentially go.
“I think I’ve just got to stay as present as possible because if I can swing it the way I’m swinging it and have the short game and the touch that I have on the greens, I mean, I played some really good golf today. I feel like I can get back to where I need to be, but that’s a total decision up top in my head if I want to climb that mountain again.
“I feel good about myself and I’ve just got to slowly work on the confidence. The thing that’s different between now and when I was No. 1 in the world, even though the technique might not have been as crisp as it is right now, I had all the confidence in the world, especially on the greens. So that’s always the goal.
“I mean, obviously we’ve got some weather coming in, so I feel like we’re going to go into grind mode over the next few days, which I typically like. It’s going to be difficult, I know that we’re going to get a lot of rain, so just got to take it as it is and just focus on myself and just do whatever I can to shoot a low one.”
Cameron Davis is the next best of the Australians after his opening round of 67.