Day and Scott chase ranking rise at Pebble Beach

Day and Scott chase ranking rise at Pebble Beach

However, the former US Open champion has a huge amount of world ranking points to defend in the coming weeks, having finished third at Pebble Beach previous year and then winning his next three events before injury prevented him from competing in the Masters. Other short odds to win areJon Rahm (9/1), Rory McIlroy (9/1) and Jordan Spieth (10/1).

McIlroy finds himself all the way down to eighth in the world rankings following a winless 2017 season.

"I feel like if I can stay motivated and keep my body healthy, then I've got a good shot at accomplishing my goals, as long as I want it enough", Day said.

"But the only way to get back to No.1 is to win consistently and you can't do that without putting in the hard work". I think that once I get to Augusta, one excuse I won't have is not being prepared and being under-golfed and I'll have played a lot of tournament golf leading up to it.

He has placed in the top 10 in his last five events.

"And I already have".

"So obviously I really want to try and get out and win this week because there are a lot of great players here. Hopefully I'm in a couple more last groups before we get to April".


And world No 2 Jon Rahm could overtake Johnson with a third victory in six events on Sunday, a meteoric rise from a player who only turned professional in June 2016 with a ranking of 551st. McIlroy aims to be back on top of the world by the end of the year and he's not paying attention to anyone else.

"Every mindset that I take into every tournament should be like, 'This could be my last tournament, '" Day said.

"I'm trying to play as best I can and I realise the position I'm in in the world of golf".

He said: "This is one that I feel like I can capture". "Then since the U.S. PGA, I mean really the focus hasn't been on the golf at all and that shows up when you're going to play in world-class fields, there's no doubt".

The Australian won the US PGA Championship in 2015 but has battled injuries and struggled for consistency in recent years, and now he wants further success on the biggest stage.

Only fellow Australians Adam Scott (13), Bruce Crampton (14), Jim Ferrier (18) and Norman hold more US Tour wins than Day.

"I know with the right dedication and working on the right things that could be achievable for me".

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