Jason Day enters the Genesis Open knowing he can lose the World No. 1 ranking come Sunday without a strong finish.
Three players can be No 1 after the Genesis Open, Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson. Coming off a fifth place finish at Pebble Beach, Day feels good about his game, and feels no extra pressure in regard to the world rankings.
Day has never finished better than 62nd in the Genesis Open but doesn’t believe past performance is against him.
“I think about THE PLAYERS Championship, I think about at Bay Hill, two courses that I typically haven’t played that great on and I won last year on,” said Day. “So with that said, I feel like I am a better player now than however many years ago I actually entered and played in this tournament.”
“I think I’m very positive about how things are progressing in my game and looking forward to the week,” said Day. “I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep playing and keep fighting on forward.”
Day had set a goal for himself to remain No. 1 in the world from January to Dec. 1st. While he has not given up on that goal he does seem to of changed it’s priority in his approach to his game.
“I said earlier that I wanted to go from a calendar year would be great to go No. 1, but I need to just focus on what I need to do because you can’t really focus on staying No. 1,” explained Day. “The more you focus on the actual target itself, the more you attach yourself to it, you make mental errors out there, you get more frustrated, you do silly things on the golf course that you shouldn’t be doing.”
When asked if being No. 1 was pride or something else he responded,”They don’t give trophies for it. I mean, it is more of a pride thing at the end of your career, you want to know how many weeks you were at No. 1. To get there even for one week is pretty special. No one can take that, you were No. 1 in the world for one week away from you, which is great.”
Day said he has changed his focus and that is winning tournaments. “I know that as long as I win, it will take care of it. I won’t even have to worry about someone coming and trying to, or it being bunched up as it is right now. Winning takes care of everything. If someone takes it off me, I’m okay with it. I’m not going to be angry or sad about it. Just goes to show that I need to work harder, need to be smarter and try and win more tournaments”, said Day.