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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 272
COVER STORY I T took 20 months and 78 holes, but Jason Day is finally back in the winner’s circle after defeating Sweden’s Alex Noren in a six-hole playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open that required a Monday finish. Day appears to have recaptured some of the form that led to his stellar 2015 and maiden major title. And so the question arises after a victory that signals the end to a terrible 2017, both on and off the course: Is the real Jason Day back ... The one who would do anything to win? “I think last year was a good kick in the butt, you know, not really being talked about – and being talked about for the wrong reasons,” Day said after the drought-breaking win. Day’s 2017 was primarily hampered by issues away from the golf course, chief among them the health of his mother, Denning. But continued injury concerns and a slide down the world ranking, having started the year in top spot, had plenty of onlookers questioning the 2015 PGA Champion’s desire. “I feel different this year than what I did last year,” Day said after defeating Noren. “Last year I felt mentally stressed but also rundown, burnt out. It was hard for me to be on the golf course, but this year my whole mindset's different. I'm very motivated to get back to the No.1 spot.” Day’s win at Torrey Pines wasn’t without its hiccups, however, with the 2015 champion withdrawing from Wednesday’s Pro-am after his troublesome back flared up, looking well below his best during a one-over-par opening round. Day battled back in the second round to an eight-under 64, with a smile firmly planted on his face for much of the tournament – something that was really seen from Day on course in 2017, which his much talked about caddie switch from coach Col Swatton to a rotating team of close friends Luke Reardon, David Lutterus and , this week, Rika Batibasaga seems to have helped his return. “I think going back obviously taking Col off the bag was a big change for me. Him as a coach for 17 years now and as a caddie for 11 years, and I think I got a lot of criticism for taking him off the bag,” he said of the change. “I don't really read much about myself, but being able to have him as a full-time coach now but have good mates that know the game, know my game well, help me a lot.” The return of Day’s hunger and his victory will go a long way towards quieting the critics that BEING ABLE TO WIN IN 2015 REALLY PROPELLED ME TO A REALLY GREAT YEAR,” HE SAID. “I WON MY FIRST MAJOR, GOT TO NO.1 IN THE WORLD AND I'M HOPING TO DO MUCH OF THE SAME THIS YEAR.
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