Jason Day has admitted his stunning rise to the top of the world rankings left him burnt out.
The Aussie lost the number one ranking in February to Dustin Johnson, and has not won a tournament since the 2016 Players Championship.
The current world number nine had to contend with his mother undergoing treatment for lung cancer in the spring and also injuries. But he also added the burden of being the top ranked player weighed heavily.
“I think I was a little burnt out from 2015 and 2016,” Day said. “I did not know how to handle being number one at that time. The next time I get there, I will handle it a little bit differently.
“Now, I’m able to focus back on golf. Hopefully the distractions that I’ve had on the golf course and off the golf course can go away, and I can start focusing on getting back to climbing back to.”
Day is currently playing the CJ Cup in South Korea, and carded an opening round 68, leaving him five shots behind leader Justin Thomas.