World No.2 Jason Day wants to be world No.1 heading to Augusta – and would love to reclaim top spot by taking down Jordan Spieth in a winner-takes-all WGC Match Play Championship final.
Day only needs to progress further than Spieth at Austin Country Club this week to move back to No.1, but the Aussie wants to do it in style – plumping for a dream match up in the final with the native Texan.
“I would love that. I think it would be great. We are both very competitive,” Day said off the back of his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“When two competitors are just fighting at it so much during a round, that’s what we enjoy the most.
“Winning is great and we both love winning, but to be able to go one-on-one against each other in a format like this would be really special, especially since he’s pretty big down here and everyone loves him here.
“It would be good to have those odds stacked against me to see how I could come out.”
A lot of water has to pass under the bridge before such a showdown could take place, with each player likely to need to win six matches to make the final.
While Day wants his hands back on the match play trophy he won in 2014, taking over top spot is certainly on his radar two weeks out from the Masters.
“It would be great to be able to go to Augusta with that No.1 tag,” he said.
“And it would be great to get through this week and win it and really go into Augusta with a lot of confidence knowing that my game is in the right shape and trending towards hopefully putting on that green jacket.”
First up Day must get past former US Open winner Graeme McDowell.
And he will do so going in blind.
Day decided against testing out the Austin Country Club layout, a course he’s never played prior, instead choosing to conserve energy and rest up before his opening round match.
“It is quite breezy out there, so I don’t want to create any bad habits with my swing,” Day said.
“I’m going to go out and walk around and try to conserve as much energy as I can, because this week is a very long week and it can be very taxing, not only physically, but mentally, as well, on the body.”