Former world No1 Jason Day insists he is ready to move on from a traumatic start to the season and rediscover his Major-winning form at this week’s Masters in Augusta, which starts on Thursday.
An emotional Day withdrew from last month’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play after just six holes of his opening match in order to return to his mother’s side as she underwent surgery for lung cancer.
“Golf was the last thing that I was ever thinking about when this first came about,” said the Australian. “I’m in a much better place now. I feel happier to be on the golf course and I’m enjoying myself out here a lot more than I was the last month or two.
“My mind was so far away from golf that I was hitting shots out there on the golf course and I’m like, ‘what am I doing?’. It would be a wedge from 140 yards but I’d be 20 yards out. I’m coming into this week focused a lot better.”
Day, whose sole Major victory was the PGA Championship in 2015, has recorded just one top-10 finish in five PGA Tour starts so far this year.