Day aims to turn over new leaf

23 December 2017 19:47:18 GMTPlus10

After starting 2017 as the world number one, but ending it in 12th place, Jason Day hopes he can return to his best next year.

The Australian actually dropped more world ranking points than any other player in the calendar year. That highlighted his struggles although, of course, it's a statistic which also shows the excellent results he'd shown to get to the top of the charts.

Day teed it up in 23 events in 2017 but didn't manage a single win, in contrast to the three victories he managed in 2016 and five the year before.

It wasn't all doom and gloom though. The 30-year-old finished runner-up at the Byron Nelson Championship, posted five top-10s and didn't finish outside the top 25 in his last eight starts of the campaign.

He dropped a hint that there could be better things to come soon by taking the 54-hole lead at his home Australian Open last month although, perhaps summing up his year, Day fell back to tied fifth after a poor closing round.

"You can't be perfect all the time. I played three terrific rounds and I just didn't put it together on Sunday," he reflected afterwards.

Day has forged a reputation as a player who can peak for the majors although he only managed one top 10 in 2017, a T9 in the US PGA Championship.

However, he'd won that title - his only major so far - at Whistling Straits in 2015 and he owns eight other top-four finishes in the majors.

Day is 19.00 to win the 2018 US Masters, 17.00 for the US Open, 26.00 to capture the Open Championship and 19.00 to land his second US PGA Championship.

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