Refreshed Day raring to go at Kapalua

Thu Jan 8, 2015 9:46pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Frustrated by injury problems last year, Australian Jason Day says he has benefited from a few month's rest and is in fine fettle ahead of this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort.

The world number eight returned to competition last month for two post-season events in Florida where he displayed encouraging form, and will make his first appearance on the 2014-15 PGA Tour when he tees off in Friday's first round.

"The game feels nice," Day told reporters on Thursday after dovetailing effectively with his partners in the Tournament of Champions pro-am competition.

"I didn't play any in the fall (autumn) due to the injuries that I had to take care of but I am excited to be back here. Looking forward to a good week.

"I played two tournaments early to mid-December of last year and I played great at Tiger's event," said Day, referring to the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge, where he placed fifth.

"I'm just hoping the confidence in the game rolls over into the 2015 season."

Day booked his place in the elite winners-only field at Kapalua by clinching his second PGA Tour victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last February but his 2014 campaign was interrupted by injuries.

Following his WGC triumph, he competed in only the Masters during a two-month spell due to an injured left thumb and he withdrew from the BMW Championship, the penultimate FedExCup playoff event, in September because of a recurring back injury.   Continued...

Aug 31, 2014; Norton, MA, USA; Jason Day hits his second shot on the 7th hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports