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Day not ready to give up No.1 tag yet

PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride.
PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride. Gregory Bull

GOLF: Jason Day is determined to hang on to his world No.1 spot when the US PGA Tour pulls into the Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open starting this morning (AEST).

The Australian, who finished fifth at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week, is under pressure from US Open champion Dustin Johnson and rising Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama, who can both take the top spot if Day stumbles in Los Angeles.

If Day finishes lower than a two-way tie for 24th then a sixth win is his last 10 events will ensure Matsuyama becomes the the first male Japanese player to be world No.1.

Johnson also needs to win the tournament and for Day to finish worse than a three-way tie for third to move to the top of the rankings.

"They don't give trophies for it, it is more of a pride thing at the end of your career; you want to know how many weeks you were at number one," Day said.

"To get there even for one week is pretty special. No one can take that away from you, which is great.

"I said earlier that to be No.1 for a calendar year would be great, but I need to just focus on what I need to do because you can't really focus on staying number one.

"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.

"I need to focus on hitting the shot in front of me, going to the next shot and hitting that and trying to beat everyone else because I know that as long as I win, it will take care of it.

"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."

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