Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Day Enjoys View from Top

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Day Enjoys View from Top

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SPRINGFIELD -- Life is good for Jason Day.

At 28 years old, he's the No. 1 golfer in the world. He has 10 PGA Tour victories -- five since winning his first major, the PGA Championship last August.

Day was at Baltusrol Golf Club on Wednesday, where he'll return in five weeks to defend his PGA Championship. And he admitted that, in quiet moments, he allows himself to soak up and bask in what he's accomplished.

"Every now and then I sit [on] my couch," Day said. "And I'm like, ... 'I'm sitting on my couch, no one can see me, but I can say that I'm the best golfer on the planet.' Which is pretty cool. It really is."

But the moments that define Day are less surreal, less cool. They're the same moments that regular people face every day.

There are moments when Day doesn't feel like practicing. Times when he'd rather sit on that couch, and not work out. But in these moments, other thoughts fill his mind.

"Right now, 10 wins doesn't sound like enough to me," Day said. "It isn't enough. I look at the stat on TV, won 10 times. Not enough. I've got to win more than that, and I've got to win big- time tournaments and win major championships."

And so Day gets off the couch, he gets into practicing, and gets himself ready for the biggest tournaments -- like next month's PGA Championship.

Day is likely to be one of the favorites at the Lower Course, which was designed by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast and has hosted nine men's majors -- including two U.S. Open wins by Jack Nicklaus.

"It's just amazing what this golf club has held over the years," Day said. "With that said, it's one of the golf courses where you want to try and win a major championship at. And to be able to come back and try to defend your title at a golf course like this is an absolute honor. But it's going to be tough."

But Day knows plenty about winning tough tournaments.

Last summer, Day was neck and neck with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy for the top spot in the world rankings. …

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