Jason Day is back on track.
Jason Day is back on track. Matt York

Day fighting fit for Torrey Pines

GOLF: World No.1 Jason Day says he is in good shape for a tilt at the title at the Farmers Insurance Open following an eight-day fitness camp in the Californian desert.

Day leads a huge Australian contingent at Torrey Pines and will play alongsside his good mate Tiger Woods and world No.3 Dustin Johnson for the first two rounds, starting tomorrow morning (AEST).

The Queenslander has had success before in this tournament, winning in 2015. He was also runner-up in 2014 and ninth in 2013.

He was happy to be back on a course he knows well and said he was fit and firing after a shaky start to the US PGA Tour at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii two weeks ago where he finished 12th in the 18-man field.

"Oh yeah; I came off three months without touching a club, practically,” he said.

"I've had a lot of good prep; eight straight days of just hard work and the gym.

"I feel mentally and physically ready to go; the touch is coming back - worked out some of the kinks in the putting overall.”

"This tournament is pretty special to me. Obviously to win the world junior championship back in 2004 and then come here and win as a professional was great,” Day added.

"It's a tough course, which I typically like to play on tougher golf courses.”

Just like his friend Tiger Woods, Day struggled with a back injury last season, forcing to pull out of a couple of tournaments towards the end of 2016.

He said the bulging disc problem was something he would have to keep a a close eye on.

"I was talking to Tiger about it the other day; I want to win and be successful, but at 40 I don't want to be walking around with a cane,” Day said.

"There's nothing like having your health. But once again, if I keep going the way I'm going, I don't even know if I'll make it to 40.”

Other Aussies playing at Torrey Pines are Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Greg Chalmers, Stuart Appleby, Steve Bowditch, Cameron Percy and Brett Drewitt.



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