According to reports he has been following Tiger Woods closely in his attempt to return to the top. Jason Day (32) doesn’t want to be a one-major wonder and is taking tips from Tiger Woods as he enters the second phase of his career with a single-minded goal - to get back to world number one.
Day won the 2015 PGA Championship and topped the world rankings for 51 weeks from March 2016. However, he hasn’t won since 2018. He slumped to as low as 63 earlier this year before a run of recent top 10 finishes that pushed him back to 35.
Dat has been doing well without a coach after he parted ways with longtime mentor. Col Swatton.
It seems he has instead been taking tips and advice from his good friend Tiger Woods, a 15-time major winner. Just like Woods, Day has also battled with back issues and had to make swing adjustments to cope better with his problems.
Ahead of the BMW Championship, round two of the PGA Tour playoffs, Day said he feels “tremendous” and that his “whole purpose in golf right now” is to get him back to the number one spot and add at least one more major championship to his belt.
“I just don‘t feel like it’s good enough for me to be at 35 in the world when I know that I can still be No. 1 in the world,” Day said. “I stayed there for a year, so I don’t think that’s enough, but I want to get back there and try and extend that.
There‘s plenty of guys that have won just one major and no one knows that they’ve won just one major; know what I mean? I can‘t stress enough how important it is to get another one under the belt. You don’t want to just be remembered for winning one.
You want to strive for more, really”. Day has a good resource for help in his quest for winning more majors. He has reportedly been talking to Woods whenever he could after choosing not to pursue another coach. According to him, he is also guiding himself on and off the golf course.
“I actually have been talking to Tiger about his swing – I think he has the best swing out there in regard to especially the iron swing. It’s amazing,” he said. “You know, he’s gone through some back issues, and I think he’s doing a lot of good things to try and alleviate his pain, obviously what he’s going through right now in regards to his back.
He’s very open to me about the golf swing because of the specific questions that I’ve tried to ask him. I just feel like I’ve asked questions and he’s willing to answer them”. Day also revealed he’s spending up to two hours a day on his own body and has two trainers with him on tour to ensure he can play for as long as possible.
“I definitely think I can manage it,” he said of his back issue. “I mean, I get massage every day, and I’m always working exercises every day. It takes me about two hours a day just to work on my body every day.
I’m not 21 anymore, and I understand where I’m at in my career in regards to my body, so if I want to add any more years to my career, I have to put in the work in regards to doing what I’m doing right now.
I currently feel tremendous. I feel great with my body. I’ve kind of recommitted myself, and I have two trainers and a massage therapist that typically come on the road. I’m trying my best to keep myself as healthy as possible”.
Still, it remains to be seen whether Jason Day can emulate his good friend, Tiger Woods and make a spectacular comeback.