Aussie golfer Jason Day concedes he has spent too much time “playing the victim” this year after registering his first top-10 finish on the US PGA Tour since February.
The former world number one had slipped to 63 in the world on the back of four missed cuts in his past six events before finishing tied-seventh at the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village.
Day hasn’t won an event since 2018 but said he had a “good hard look” at himself in recent times after spending too much time making excuses for his poor play.
He has battled back issues, suffered from on-course vertigo, and earned the ire of Australian golf fans for coming home to play just once in nearly a decade.
The major champion even had a COVID-19 scare at the Travelers Championship last month, submitting himself to a test for coronavirus after feeling some symptoms.
He had to finish the event playing by himself, but said he felt “excited” about what’s to come having addressed his issues.
“It‘s funny, when you’re going through a bit of a rough patch, you start to blame other things other than yourself, and sometimes you’ve just got to have a hard look at yourself and understand the attitude isn’t helping the game out at all, so you may as well just try and fix that, and that’s obviously the first thing that you try and do,” he said after his final round.
“I felt like I was just trying to play the victim role a little bit too much especially because I haven‘t played that great coming back after the break and then a bunch of missed cuts, and my body is sore.
“I just don‘t want to play that role. I want to take it for what it is and just get on with it.”
Day had said he wanted to work on his attitude, and felt he was seeing rewards straight away by taking that head on.
“I‘ve been working very, very hard,” he said.
“I‘ve been trying to bust my butt really over kind of the last two months to try and get ready for this.
“The attitude was a lot better.”
Collin Morikawa with the winner’s trophy after the final round of the Workday Charity Open (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Collin Morikawa defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the Workday Charity Open.
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