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Day: Time to end underachieving

Jason Day and Steve Williams
Jason Day hopes having Steve Williams on the bag will inspire his return to the top. Image: Getty.

Jason Day looked into a golfing mirror and didn’t like what he saw.

His solution: Steve Williams.

An extremely self-confronting Day told his US Open press conference today that he had “severely underachieved” and that he would leave no stone unturned in his renewed chase to become a multiple major champion.

To that end, the Queenslander confirmed Williams – the long-time caddie for superstars including Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Ray Floyd, Adam Scott and Ian Baker-Finch – would return to the US PGA Tour full-time, but only on some brutally frank instructions.

“He told me, `If you're not working hard enough, I'm gone’,” Day said.

Asked if his self-impression that he’d underachieved had motivated the axing of mates Luke Reardon and Rika Batibasaga on a job share arrangement on his bag, the 31-year-old was particularly frank.

“Underachieved, yeah. Severely underachieved, I think.

“I feel like I've got a game that when it's on, I can win most tournaments. And the big thing for me is to go ahead and believe that and have trust in my abilities that I can do that.

“And now that I have Steve on the bag, I think hopefully that will flourish and I can make winning more of a habit.

“I know I can do it. All you have to do is look at 2015, 2016, even last year, not just have a single win (each season). I know that I can have multiple wins in one year and I can get things going.

“So I just have to get that desire back into my game and keep working hard. I think as long as I keep doing that, then having Steve on the bag is going to be the right choice.”

Day, twice a runner-up at the US Open who lists the 2015 US PGA Championship as his lone major, admitted he’d “had a gutful” of such announcements of his resume.

“The ultimate goal is to win all four majors. If you can, there's only a handful of guys that have done that – and I think that's a good, lofty goal you can try (to) achieve and you've got to make the goals lofty enough.

“But I think with my game, I feel like I've got the potential to earn those. So hopefully I keep my head down and I keep going.”

Day said Williams, not himself, had been the chief driver of their new union and that the Kiwi had been equally frank in his assessments.

“He thinks that I'm an underachiever. And he wants me to win a lot more tournaments,” Days said.

“I think that he has the ability to get me through the (finishing) line a lot more and (is) able to turn my game around.

“To be honest, I'm kind in a little bit of a mini slump, even though I've had some good finishes … (and) I feel like I need to win a lot more.

“He's got the formula to be able to hopefully get me across the line a lot more and win some more tournaments. And even so, I'm talking about major championships. I'm not talking about just regular tour events. I want to win more majors.

“It was a very nice compliment that he said to me about coming on the bag. And I do appreciate that.

“This is Steve Williams, it's not your local Sunday caddie down at your local club. It was a little bit intimidating to have him on the bag, to be honest. He's had a lot of great ball-strikers.”


Comments

Posted by Ex golfer at
13/06/2019 09:26 AM
Caddy’s don’t make the man
Posted by June at
12/06/2019 06:03 PM
Stop talking about yourself get the job done

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