JASON DAY opens his 2013 golfing campaign at the Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines and is hoping to put an indifferent 2012 behind him.
The 25 year old Aussie golfer looked like a world beater in 2011 with two Major runner-up finishes and 12 top-10s but last year injuries, indifferent form and the (welcome) distraction of the birth of his son bought his game crashing back to earth.
Day will face a quality field in California field this week that includes a Torrey Pines loving Tiger Woods – he’s had six US PGA Tour victories here plus his most recent Major, the 2008 US Open – three time winner Phil Mickelson, defending champion Brandt Snedeker and the irrepressible Bubba Watson.
Day, who has dropped from a career high world No.7 to 39th, is aiming for more consistency this year as a pathway to success – and his first win since the Byron Nelson in 2010.
“Every week I play I have the intentions of trying to win and I still want to be the best player I can be but I think I set goals way too high for what was going on in my life in 2012 and maybe got ahead of myself a little,” Day told the AAP’s Ben Everill this week.
“I have simplified things and am now first and foremost working on a consistent level of performance that will keep me in the top 10 or 20 every week so I can build confidence in my game.
“It is those type of players you see all of a sudden jag a few top fives, and then a win or two comes up.”
Day is the highest ranked Aussie in a contingent of 14 that also includes
Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers, Scott Gardiner, Cameron Percy, Alistair Presnell, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones.
Farmers Insurance Open TV Times
The event is being telecast live in Australia on Fox Sports.
Round 1: Friday 7am – 10am; Round 2: Saturday 7am – 10am; Round 3: 7am – 10am; Final Round: 5am – 6.30am, 7am – 10.30am.
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