Day looks to relive past success at Canadian Open

Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:02pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Jason Day is eager to open defense of his title at this week's Canadian Open, where his triumph last year marked the start of a remarkable run that saw him win his first major title and claim the world number one ranking.

When Australian Day arrived at the Glen Abbey layout a year ago he was still stinging from a missed putt that would that would have put him in a four-way tie for a playoff at the British Open and shot at major championship glory.

But rather then let a missed opportunity days earlier get him off his game, a focused Day ended the Canadian Open in style as he made three closing birdies to beat Bubba Watson by a stroke for his second title of the season.

The victory marked the start of a red-hot run by Day, who won four of six events, including the PGA Championship and two of the FedExCup playoff tournaments.

"I always thought I could play golf like this," said Day, who will tee off in Thursday's opening round outside Toronto at 8:10 a.m. ET (1210 GMT) alongside Brandt Snedeker and Ernie Els.

"It's been a crazy last 12 months," Day said. "I've always talked to (caddie) Colin (Swatton) about it, that's exactly what I should be doing, and once again, I can't get too complacent with where I'm at.

"I know that I'm currently ranked the best player in the world, but I need to work hard. I need to work harder than I ever have before to keep that spot. I need to work harder than I ever have before to win tournaments, because it's only getting tougher."

Day's last win was at the Players Championship in May. He finished joint eighth at the U.S. Open last month and tied for 22nd at last week's British Open.   Continued...

Jul 16, 2016; Ayrshire, SCT; Jason Day (AUS) during the third round of the 145th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course.  Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports