World number one Day's aims dependent on 'conquering my ego'

Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:40pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - Jason Day is unconcerned about the threat being posed to his status as world number one by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy - for the Australian it is all about "conquering my ego".

It was his display in the 2015 British Open that gave Day the belief to launch a barnstorming run to the top of the rankings and now, 12 months on, he would like nothing more than to triumph at the world's oldest major for the first time.

The U.S. PGA Championship winner is certainly not fretting about the possibility of having to eclipse second-ranked Johnson, number three Spieth or fourth-ranked McIlroy in a head-to-head duel in Sunday's closing round at Troon.

"I'm not so worried about them beating me, I'm worried about myself beating myself, that's the biggest thing," Day told a news conference on Monday.

"To really try to conquer yourself and try to conquer your ego at times," added the player who finished one stroke behind Open winner Zach Johnson at St Andrews a year ago.

"If they beat me just because they play better, that's fine, but if I beat myself and let them beat me, that's what is disappointing and frustrating."

Asked to describe what he meant, Day explained that it was mainly about tempering his aggression on the course.

"Sometimes you stand up there and think you can play shots that are not percentage shots," he said.   Continued...

Golf - British Open - practice round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 11/07/2016.   Jason Day of Australia smiles during a news conference.  REUTERS/Paul Childs