Jason Day has revealed how his good chum Tiger Woods is feeling the best he has felt in years on the eve of his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge on November 30.
Day, who got off to a fast start in his home Australian Open today with an opening round of 5-under to lie three strokes off the pace, said: “I did talk to him [Woods] and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years.”
Woods underwent his fourth career back procedure in April and has not played in a competitive round of golf since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
“He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great,” said Day.
“I said to him, ‘Look, it’s great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can’t live a happy, healthy life, then that’s difficult.’
“I totally understand where he’s coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating.”
Day also said the Hero World Challenge’s relaxed atmosphere next week, featuring a limited field of players, is the perfect platform to return.
“There’s no pressure,” added the Australian.
“I think it’s a 17- or 18-man field, there’s no cut, he’s playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at.”
As for Day’s own game, he likes the improvements he is seeing as he looks to recover from slipping from world number one back to a current 12th in the rankings.
“I’ve been driving the ball a lot better, and that’s taken a little bit of pressure off every part of my game and I’m able to give myself a lot more opportunities out there,” said Day.