Day hoping to extend rankings advantage at The Masters


Jason Day is hoping to extend his advantage at the top of the world rankings by continuing his winning form at The Masters.

Day, who broke his major duck at the US PGA Championship last August, displaced Jordan Spieth as world number one after back-to-back triumphs at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Match Play in March.

The Australian hopes to continue building on his strong form and emulate former world number one Tiger Woods by opening a sizeable advantage over Spieth and world number three Rory McIlroy.

"Winning takes care of everything, and if you win the big ones, you can extend the gap between being number one and number two in the world," said Day.

"That's kind of the focus right now - trying to extend the gap. There was a point there when Tiger was dominating so much that I think he could give up the game of golf for a certain period of time and he'd still be number one in the world.

"That'd be a fantastic thing to have, but it's all the hard work he put in and the tournament he won that got him to that point. Same with Rory - he went on that tear where he won two out of the four majors in one year [2014], and he had a bit of a gap.

"Also it depends on how the guys behind are playing as well. The competition is very stiff; it's tough with how everyone is playing. Jordan and Rory are young guys - and Rickie [Fowler] as well - and we are motivating each other to try and play better each and every week and each and every year."

Day, hoping to improve upon a career-best tied-second at Augusta National in 2011, allayed concerns over a back injury he appeared to sustain during Match Play in Austin last month, insisting he is comfortable with his physical and mental well-being.

"I always wanted to win a major championship but it was great to win the PGA last year," he said.

"Coming off the form I had last year and picking it up at Arnold Palmer and Dell Match Play, I feel good about my game. I feel comfortable with where I am at, walking around the ground, number one in the world - it's a pretty good feeling.

"But I know I can't take it for granted because in this game things can change pretty quickly.

"It's such a competitive sport now, so many guys can win and it's so tough to win, but I do feel good with how I'm playing right now and where I am at mentally and physically."

Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar have been paired with Day for the opening two rounds of The Masters.