JASON Day has insisted he is confident of being fully fit for the PGA Championship after being forced to push through the pain barrier during the closing stages of a dismal end to his British Open hopes.
After starting the final round just one shot behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson, fans who bet on golf were left disappointed after a final-round 77 left Day tied 33rd at Muirfield after a week that had once again promised so much. But Day’s final round problems became somewhat understandable when it was later revealed that the world number-20 had been suffering from pain in his right hand and arm.
But the young Aussie would not use the injury as an excuse for his poor Sunday showing at the Open and has insisted he will be ready to bounce back at the final major of the season in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York later this month.
Still in search of his first major victory despite finishing inside the top-three in four majors, Day played down of the importance his injury had had on his final round at Muirfield, but the Aussie did admit he wouldn’t risk anything in the run-up to the PGA Championship.
“It was a case of three good days and one average day. I had the chance again to maybe put myself in position to win, because I played such good golf on the first three days,” said Day about his Open showing.
“I want to make sure it’s not anything too severe and once I know the result I can plan accordingly on what tournaments I’m going to play. The hand hurts but it’s not too bad. But it shouldn’t jeopardise anything.”
Based on his recent major performances, Day certainly looks a decent pick in the golf betting to be near the top of the leaderboard come the final round of this year’s PGA Championship.