World number one Jason Day admits he is looking forward to taking on a high-quality field at this week’s Memorial Tournament.
The Australian will be playing in his first event since claiming a wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship last month, his third success on the PGA Tour during 2016.
Since that victory the 28-year-old has watched on whilst rivals Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have claimed respective victories at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational and the Irish Open.
Day believes it is good to see his rivals winning tournaments in his absence, and he is looking forward to facing both players at this week’s event at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
He said: “I know I’m pushed that way as well when I see Rory or Jordan on top of the world. I want to do that as well. So it’s great to see how they’ve responded so quickly.”
Day is a member at Muirfield Village, but he has never finished inside the top-ten at the Ohio event, something that he is keen to rectify this week.
He continued: “I typically play this course when I’m playing in a social round,” he added. I play it very aggressive. I’m hitting drivers off most tees or taking lines that you wouldn’t take.”
“For some reason, I’ve kind of turned that into the actual tournament, I’m taking similar lines, and you just can’t do that. I feel different this year. And I’m hoping for a better result.”
Day is available at 7.00 to claim overall glory in Ohio, while both Spieth and McIlroy are on offer at 7.50 to finish top of the leaderboard come Sunday.