LOS ANGELES – Earlier this year Jason Day spoke of not only maintaining the world No. 1 ranking, but keeping it for a full calendar year, from January to December.
Thanks to a back injury that caused him to miss three months, and the stellar play of Dustin Johnson, Day didn’t make it past February.
A closing 71 left him tied for 64th at the Genesis Open, enabling Johnson’s victory to propel the American past the Australian into the top spot in the World Ranking.
After 47 weeks atop the ranking, Day said Johnson’s play has been impressive the last few months and he that deserves the top spot.
“It was tough. I mean there's a lot of good and a lot of, I would say kind of uncomfortable situations that you're just not used to [being world No. 1],” said Day, who needed to finish in a tie for third or better to keep Johnson from taking the No. 1 ranking. “You get a lot more pressure, a lot more time commitments that come to you as world No. 1, but that's just part and parcel of being the person. If I could stay there for 10 years, I would.”
Day said he was rusty when he returned to competition from the back injury that caused him to miss the last two FedEx Cup playoff events in 2016, but he was confident he could rediscover the form that lifted him to the top of the ranking.
“I'm glad I had that little run,” Day said. “I know exactly what I need to do going into the future and hopefully I can take better steps trying to hold that position once I get back.”