Jason Day seeking redemption at Presidents Cup
JASON Day says he owes his International teammates a top performance after blaming himself for the heart-breaking one-point defeat to America in the Presidents Cup in Korea two years ago.
The Australian was world No.2 then and ahead of this year's edition of the tournament, starting tonight at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, he said was ready for some redemption.
"I let the team down two years ago in Korea," Day, who went 0-4-1 in Incheon in 2015, said.
"If I actually played well, we probably would have had a good shot at winning.
"Unfortunately I take the blame for that. I didn't play good. I was ranked No. 1 on the team for a reason, and I didn't show up."
Day is one of three Australians on the International team, alongside Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, who won the BMW Championship.
Day was fourth in that tournament, the first after sacking long-time caddie and father-figure Colin Swatton.
Luke Reardon took the bag that week and he will again carry the clubs in New Jersey, with Day, now world No.7, beginning to find some form again.
"I'm hoping that I can redeem myself this week," Day said.
"It would be nice to be able to get more than the points that I got back in 2015. I'm just trying to do the best job I can to prep for this week."
Scott was part of the team which lost in 2015 but saw some hope in that defeat after some big drubbings in some of the eight appearance he has made on the International team.
"Korea was tough," he said.
"I was very invested in that with Nick (captain Nick Price) and the assistants, and to be so close was very difficult.
"I've played so many now with the same faces around.
"For us, it's starting to have a little Presidents Cup family.
"I know the American guys - they play under one flag and they play Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups.
"It's probably a little easier [for them] to find a bond.
"But it's getting to the point now where I think when you listen to how Nick feels about it, how much time he's invested in it with the support of the team and also myself playing a lot of times, it means a lot to the team.
"We're starting to get that feeling that there's some history there."