The new Day hungers for more after reaching world No. 1

Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:05pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jason Day said he did not feel anything special after achieving a career goal by ascending to the world number one ranking with his emphatic victory at last week's BMW Championship.

"It doesn't feel like much. It doesn't feel like much at all," the 27-year-old Australian said on the eve of Thursday's opening round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Day gave evidence of the maturity that helped him shake off the disappointment of so many near misses at majors and break through at last month's PGA Championship as part of an amazing run of four wins from his last six tournaments.

"It's not like that one big shining moment or one big sense of relief that, 'oh, I've done it now,'" he said.

"It makes me a lot more hungry to try and keep my position at No. 1 because I want to try and extend it."

In the last month, the world number one ranking has bounced between Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and now Day, who kept referencing the hard work he has put in to get to the top.

Day was reminded about the attitude he held back when he first tasted PGA Tour success with his victory at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship, when he said it all came very easily for him and that he did not need to work that hard.

"Yeah, it's easy to get a big head, isn't it? Sometimes I can't fit it through the bloody door," he joked.   Continued...

Sep 20, 2015; Lake Forest, IL, USA; PGA golfer Jason Day acknowledges the fans as he walks up the 18th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports