Day 'shooting' to emulate Woods


Jason Day says he will continue striving to emulate Tiger Woods but knows he may never match the American's feats ahead of The Open at Royal Troon this week.

World number one Day gave up the lead on the last day to lose the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to the in-form Dustin Johnson earlier this month.

The Australian, while acknowledging the painful nature of his lapse late in the tournament at Firestone, claimed it will serve as further motivation to try and channel the nerveless final-round closing of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, a role model and mentor for the 28-year-old.

"It sucked. It was really bad. I hated losing. It was a terrible way to lose, and it was frustrating and disappointing," Day said of the costly climax in Akron.

"But things like this, you can't win them all, and that's just the way of life. Like I've always said, we got spoilt with Tiger Woods, how he dominated very much ... through his years and did so well. 

"That's what we're shooting for. That's what I'm shooting for, to be able to finish off like he did back in the day. Will I ever get to a point like that? Maybe not. But that's what I'm shooting for right now."

Day, addressing the media ahead of the 145th Open, which starts on Thursday, claimed he does not have a preference which of his chief rivals, including Johnson, Jordan Spieth and 2014 winner Rory McIlroy, poses the biggest threat to his potential challenge.

"I'm not so worried about them beating me," he said.

"I'm worried about myself, beating myself, and that's the biggest thing. To really try to conquer yourself and try to conquer your ego at times. 

"If they beat me just because they play better, that's fine. But if I beat myself and let them beat me, that's what's disappointing and frustrating for me."

Day's best finish so far at The Open came last year when he ended the tournament fourth, before winning his first major, the PGA Championship, a month later.