Fit-again Jason Day ready to fire

Day, ranked seventh, has endured an injury-marred season – playing just twice since his brilliant WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship win in February – after incurring a thumb problem.

The Queenslander managed a tied for 20th finish at the Masters, despite admitting he ‘forced’ himself to play at Augusta, before warming up for the year’s second major at the Memorial in June – when he was tied for 37th.

Day, twice a runner-up at the US Open in 2011 and ’13, said he is fit and firing as he looks to break his major duck.

“I’m 100 per cent healthy, I want to get that out there,” Day said.

“There’s no issues with the thumb, there’s no issues with any other part of my body that have been an issue in the past.

“Definitely looking forward to playing this week. I feel good about my game.”

Day explained all he has had to endure to overcome his injury.

“Numerous shots, oral steroids, compound creams, you name it I tried to do it, obviously (all done) legally, I wouldn’t do anything crazy,” he said.

“I tried everything to get back onto the golf course, because I knew that if I could get back on the golf course I could play good golf.

“I went and played Augusta, I forced it there, and that forced me to take off another two or three weeks.”

Day said his compatriot Adam Scott has fulfilled his lifelong dream when he rose to the top ranking in May, and the 26-year-old said it was his desire to become the world’s best player that drove him to play the Masters.

“I had the opportunity to get to number one in the world at Augusta, and obviously after going to number four in the world, with Tiger (Woods) being out, and Scott and Henrik (Stenson) being just in front of me at the time, I had the chance to get to that number one spot and that’s been my dream ever since I was a kid,” Day said.

Day is paired with Sergio Garcia and Brandt Snedeker for the first 36 holes at Pinehurst.

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