Day talks up form as PGA looms large
AUSTRALIAN golfer Jason Day admits he is beginning to feel impatient with a winless US PGA Tour season after an embarrassing missed cut alongside fellow Aussie Adam Scott at a teams event in New Orleans last week.
But the former world No.1 feels a win is close as he returns to the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina as the defending champion.
The 31-year-old Day has not won on the PGA Tour since last year at Charlotte's famed Quail Hollow Club, but has earned several strong results this season - including a share of fifth at the recent Masters.
However, he teamed up with Scott at last week's Zurich Classic and the two major winners were tipped as tournament favourites yet missed the 36-hole cut.
Day admitted the missed cut reminded him that he has had five top-10 results from 11 events this season without lifting a trophy.
"It's hard to be patient sometimes, because you know you want to win," Day said at Quail Hollow.
"Last week wasn't how we wanted it; Scotty and I but overall I feel like I played pretty good."
However, Day has had several chances to win recently - including sharing the 36-hole lead at Augusta National - and says a 13th career victory on the PGA Tour is imminent.
"It's right there; I feel really good about the progress I've made so I'm coming in this week feeling pretty confident," he said.
Day has been plagued by chronic back injuries this year, which forced a withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and on-course medical treatment at the Masters.
But with round-the-clock physiotherapy, his ailing back is improving.
"I'm very optimistic about my body," Day said.
"I'm seeing my (physio) every morning and every night.
"I'm doing any exercises for probably an hour and a half worth every single day."
But Day says there is a silver lining to not securing a win this season; it means he has not peaked too early.
The Queenslander admits he was guilty of that last year when he won twice before May but never threatened the leaderboard for the rest of the 2018 season.
"There are guys who go out there and win early in the season; they hit their peak early and fizzle out a little bit," said Day, who has one eye on the US PGA Championship in New York later this month.
Joining Day in the field at Quail Hollow are fellow Australians Cameron Davis, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Rod Pampling and John Senden.