Day looking to turn it around at Riviera

Jason Day will tee off at Riviera Country Club at this weekend’s Genesis Open, a place where he still has to prove himself.

The Australian has featured three times at the Pacific Palisades, missing the cut twice and finishing T62 in 2012.

“Looking at that, I probably shouldn’t tee it up,” quipped the world number one in the press conference.

“With that said, I feel like I’m a better player now than I was. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep playing and keep fighting on forward.

“I feel like I’ve really learned a lot about myself over the past year, being able to let things go.

“I’ve got to the point where things are different for me. When I used to play bad golf, I’d lock myself in the back of the bus and want to go mad. It’s not like that anymore; I feel really good about  how things are in my life right now.”

Part of that year of learning including reaching the world number one ranking for the first time, something that has been a career goal for Day. Now, he is just one week away from holding the position for a calendar year.

However, should Dustin Johnson or Hideki Matsuyama win on Sunday, they could take that mantle away from Day. Interestingly, the 29-year-old has already made peace with being unseated.

“Winning takes care of everything,” he added.

“If someone takes it off me, I’m OK with it. I’m not going to be angry or sad about it. 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. To get there even for one week is pretty special.”