Jason Day is well positioned to reclaim the world number one ranking if he can finish ahead of current number one Jordan Spieth, who appears to be floundering just a bit of late, in the WGC Match Play Championship.
The match play format is unusual for the PGA and most American golf pros express a preference for the medal play format where the lowest score of the entire field wins the tournament, but most have extensive experience in match play from their university days.
Day seems to have regained the confidence that saw him obliterating fields and golf courses at the end of 2015. He credits a conversation with his pal Tiger Woods for helping him to approach competition with the proper mindset.
All Day needs to do is finish better than Spieth in the Match Play, but he has set his sights on doing not only that, but envisions having the opportunity to go head-to-head with Spieth in the final match with the tournament on the line.
He currently trails Spieth by 145 points in the official World Golf Ranking. He will need to take an occasional glance in the rearview mirror, however, as number three Rory McIlroy trails him by just 14 points and red-hot Adam Scott is back in sixth and of late seems intent on reclaiming the number one spot for himself.