Jason comes home
June 30th, 2016
The chance for Olympic glory may not be on Jason Day's agenda this year but coming home to Australia after a three-year absence most definitely is, with the world number one confirming he will return to the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney, followed by his title defence of the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
Day's last tournament appearance in Australia came at the 2013 Australian Open, the week after he had conquered Royal Melbourne and ended a three-year victory drought to claim the Individual and Team (with Adam Scott) titles at the World Cup of Golf.
Day gave his body a rest from a series of niggling injuries at the end of 2014 and was not in a position to return to Australia to celebrate his PGA Championship and first major championship success with home fans in 2015 - with wife Ellie giving birth to the couple's second child.
"It's been a long time since I've been back home, obviously some injuries and some pregnancies that we've had has caused me not to come back,' said Day."I've missed Australia very much, and I'm looking forward to getting back there and playing and representing Australia in the World Cup."
Spurred on by exuberant home crowds and boxes of his mother Denning's 'salty chicken' - an old family favourite that she brought down from Queensland for her boy - Day won in a thriller over Thomas Bjorn at the 2013 World Cup in course conditions that he likened to that of a major, with greens running faster than Augusta National had that year.
Day has long stated his desire to win the historic championships of his homeland and will tussle again with American Jordan Spieth in a bid for a first Australian Open title.
"The Australian Open holds a special spot in my heart and I'd love to get my name on that trophy one day – hopefully this November," added Day."It's a tournament I've always cherished, just as I know some of the sport's greats have through the years."
"I really enjoyed the Royal Sydney layout in 2013 and it was such a good atmosphere around such a great historic course. I'm sure the crowds will be huge again in November, I can't wait to come home and give it my best shot."