Jason Day is confident he can now kick on after claiming his first win of the season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.
The Australian headed into the final round at Bay Hill holding a two-shot advantage but a mixed start to the day saw him hampered in his bid to build any real momentum.
However, he ground out nine pars and three birdies in his final 12 holes to sign for a 70 and take the title by a single stroke ahead of Kevin Chappell.
After a stunning 2015 which saw him win five tournaments, including his first major at the US PGA Championship, Day has struggled to repeat his form so far this year despite working as hard as ever on his game.
With next month’s Masters now his next goal, his battling performance at Bay Hill suggests his form is starting to come at the right time ahead of April’s tournament at Augusta.
Day is currently priced at 9.00 to claim the Green Jacket, with his great rivals Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth the joint favourites at 8.00.
Victory in Orlando has given the 28-year-old a confidence boost.
“Everyone was asking what’s wrong, what’s going on, why aren’t you playing well?” Day told the PGA Tour’s official website.
“I just kept on saying to myself, kept on saying to the people, the fans, the media, just be patient, I’m just going through the process and I’m going to keep working hard. Things take time.”