Day set to break major drought

Jason Day is once again in the mix at a major and the world No.5 is confident this time the result will be different.

Day has moved into second place at the halfway mark of the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, sitting two shots behind countryman Matt Jones as he searches to break his drought in the big ones.

In his 20 major starts Day has nine top 10s, the first of which came in 2010 at Whistling Straits, including three runner-ups, a third and two fourths.

The 27-year-old has long been touted a major champion in waiting and here he is on the cusp again, so when asked what he would do different he was resolute.

“Hopefully not a lot. I’ve put myself in the position, so the only thing I have to change is the end result.

“The experiences that I’ve had in the past in previous finishes, I think it’s just really kind of setting me up for something big in the future.

“And I just really have to keep plodding along and really keep doing the stuff that I’m working on, because clearly it’s working for me through three and a half rounds.

“I’ve just been here before, so I know that it’s not the right time to get panicked. Because once you get anxious and start panicking, I guess things start to multiply and that’s when you start making mental errors and making mistakes.”

The Queenslander was in a similar position a year ago at the PGA behind Rory McIlroy at the halfway mark and faded to 15th.

But this year he has played in the final group at the US Open on Sunday despite vertigo attacks and was one shot out of a play-off at last month’s British Open before winning the following week in Canada.

He won at Torrey Pines in February and was almost a winner in New Orleans as well.

“I’ve been very motivated this year, been working very hard, especially on my game and my body,” he said.

“It’s all been trending in the right direction. My body’s changed a lot. Just trying to get a lot healthier. And I think that with all the work that I’ve put in, it’s paying off, which is fantastic.

“This is my first season that I’ve had two wins in one season and I’m looking to change that to a three-win season right now.”

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