Day hopes to find spark at Pebble Beach

Jason Day is in danger of dropping out of the world's top 50 for the first time in a decade, but is confident of another hot result at Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

JASON DAY of Australia plays in the second round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju, South Korea.
JASON DAY of Australia plays in the second round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju, South Korea. Picture: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

In danger of dropping out of the world's top 50 for this first time almost a decade, Jason Day is hopeful of a boost at the US PGA Tour's Pebble Beach tournament this week.

Former world No.1 Day has been in the top 50 - a coveted mark which gives entry to the majors - since August 2010.

After a lean two years marred by back injuries, the 32-year-old Australian has fallen to No.46, but he's backing himself to play his way up again.

"I'm not worried about it at all, wherever it finishes, it finishes," Day told AAP on Tuesday.

"I just have to focus on playing competitive golf and, if I do that, the ranking will be fine."

Day's last top-10 result on the US tour came in June last year but he tied for 16th at Torrey Pines two weeks ago in his first start for the year.

It was a positive result for Day, given he could not practise for six weeks with a back injury that forced his withdrawal from December's Australian Open and Presidents Cup.

"I was very concerned at the start of the year with my back; not knowing how much I could practise or work out in the gym," he said.

"But things are a lot more positive with regards to how much work I can do; I'm able to practice putting a lot more now."

A healthier Day feels a return to a happy hunting ground at California's Pebble Beach tournament could propel his comeback.

In Day's 10 previous starts at the celebrity-laden pro-am event, he has recorded six top-10s - including top-fives in each of the past three editions.

"Overall, I feel good about the game and coming to an event where I've played well is nice," said Day, a joint runner-up in 2018.

"Hopefully it's one of those events where I either build momentum going into next week, or lift the trophy.

"I feel my game is around the corner. It could be this week or next week. It's coming around."

The Pebble Beach Pro Am has 156 professionals play an US tour event concurrently to a teams event with 156 amateur partners.

Each group has two professionals and two amateurs.

The event is played across three courses - US Open rotational venue Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Joining Day in the field at Pebble Beach are fellow Australians Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Cameron Davis, Rhein Gibson and Rod Pampling.

Big names in the field include defending champion Phil Mickelson, as well as past winners Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.


AAP