World number two Jason Day not only has his sights set on being the top dog in world golf again, he wants a Tiger Woods-like run at the head of the rankings.
Returning from an extended break at this week’s World Golf Championships event, Day will have the perfect chance to make inroads into Jordan Spieth’s lead atop the rankings – having been paired with the American superstar and world number three Rory McIlroy.
Trump National Doral’s Blue Monster course has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Day, but the power grouping represents a chance for the Australian to make a statement.
“I definitely want world number one back and the next step is to hold it for a long period of time,” Day said.
“First I just wanted to get there, now I want it back and I want to keep it. I am building up to it all again.
“I really want to be a consistent player. I want to be like Tiger (Woods) and Rory who were number one for a while. Not only do those players win the big ones but they are consistently playing well week in and week out.”
To be successful at the Blue Monster, Day needs to execute much better than he has in the past.
In his four previous trips to the course his best result is a tie for 20th, having struggled to keep his ball out of the many lakes around the difficult course.
Fresh off his victory at the Honda Classic, Adam Scott looks primed to lead the eight-strong Australian charge in the 66-man field.
Scott climbed back to world number nine with his first win since May 2014 and has been inside the top 25 at Doral over the last five years, three times inside the top six.
Steven Bowditch is set to make his Doral debut while Marc Leishman returns for the first time since 2010.
Marcus Fraser has an opportunity to push his world ranking towards a Masters berth while Scott Hend will look to better his T16 finish in his lone Doral appearance in 2014.
Nathan Holman is trying to continue his impressive start to his European tour season while little known Jordan Zunic will attempt to transform his life with a big week.