PINEHURST, N.C. – Since injuring his thumb during his WGC-Match Play Championship victory four months ago, Jason Day has made only two starts.
But he insists he’s fully healed and ready for this week’s U.S. Open.
“I'm 100 percent healthy,” he said Tuesday. “I just want to get that out there. There's no issues with the thumb. There's no issues with any other part of my body that have been an issue in the past. Definitely looking forward to playing this week. I feel good about my game.”
Day admitted that in trying to return quickly for the Masters, he might have impaired the thumb’s healing process.
“Numerous shots, cortisone shots and oral steroids and compound creams and you name it, I tried to do it – legally, I wouldn't do anything crazy. But I tried everything to get back on to the golf course, because I knew that if I could just get back on the golf course I would play good golf. I played Augusta. I forced it there; that forced me to take off another two to three weeks, just from playing that tournament.”
Now healthy, Day should be considered among the potential contenders based on two runner-up finishes in his last two U.S. Open appearances.
“I've been close in a few majors now. So close that you can almost taste it. It's disappointing and encouraging at the same time. It really is all how you look at things. I can stew on it and say, you know, I kind have blown a few, blown a major or two or I had a real opportunity to win and I just didn't quite get there. But I look at it as experience. I feel like I'll get there one day. I just have to keep giving myself the opportunities. If I can put myself there more and more and more, it's bound to happen.”