Jason Day plans to take his time when necessary in tournament play this year.
Jason Day plans to take his time when necessary in tournament play this year. John Bazemore

Rushed Day sees the light

JASON Day may be the world No.1, but the Queensland has identified an issue he believes has been holding him back.

Having failed to win a tournament since taking out The Players Championship in May last year, the 29-year-old has been assessing his game and believes he has found a flaw.

Putting aside the back injury that forced him to miss three months and withdraw from both the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in September, Day believes he has made a mistake in speeding up his play.

"I think there were a couple things that I didn't do as well the second half in the season,” Day told pgatour.com.

"I wasn't as deliberate going into a golf shot. Gathering the information, I wasn't as deliberate.

"Obviously, everyone wants to speed up the game. Obviously, that's a big subject in golf, to speed up the game. But in my opinion, I don't care so much about speeding up my game. I've got to get back to what makes me good.

"You don't want to be classed as a slower guy but thinking about it now, when I was playing and competing really well I forgot about that stuff,” the 10-time PGA winner said.

"I didn't care what people thought and I played better. But I still played fast enough, I wasn't overly timed, and I played some good golf. I hit a lot more fairways and greens because of it.

"I just have to make sure I am deliberate but still respect other players.

"You have to do everything you can to win. If you are in position and you take a minute over the ball to get what you need to and you are still in position, then that's fine.

"But if you are out of position then everyone knows, 'Hey we got to move on'. I understand that.”

Due to tee off tomorrow morning in Hawaii in the first FedExCup event of 2017, the SBS Tournament of Champions, Day told pga.com he was "cautiously optimistic” of an injury-free run this year after strengthening his core and shortening his back swing to take pressure off his back.

"Seven months, it really is a long time,” he said to pga.com in reference to his winless run.

"I'm just trying to get stuck back into the process, trying to get better. I feel better about my body, feel better about my game, feel better about my swing. I feel better mentally than I did the second half of last year, so I'm hoping for very good things this year.”

Aside from his victory in The Players Championship, Day also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play tournament last year.



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