Defending Champ Jason Day aims to go back-to-back
January 27, 2016
The SCGA recently caught up with Farmers Insurance Open reigning champ Jason Day at Media Day. The 2015 PGA Champion will look to defend his title at Torrey Pines GC this week. As a reminder, be sure to stop by and visit the SCGA booth in Fan Village for contests and giveaways!
What is special about the course/the setting?
I’m here to defend my title, which is very special to me. I came to Torrey Pines from Australia when I was 16 years old and played the World Junior Championships here. Ever since I won that year, I’ve come back to San Diego to play in this event. I love it here. To finish 2nd in 2014 and come back to win last year was amazing. It certainly catapulted my year.
What parts of your game have you been tuning up?
After taking a few months off, I went down to the Hyundai. The game is still there, I was surprised. Not as sharp as I’d like it to be though. The little wedge shots, those half shots that are second nature in the middle of the season, will be the last to come around. Missing greens with wedges is just something you shouldn’t do.
Are you and LeBron James better friends now?
I knew that was going to come up somehow. Does anyone think they could have stopped LeBron? Honestly, we weren’t really paying attention. I was talking to my buddy and Ellie, my wife, was talking with his wife pretty much the whole time. So, when you see a 6’ 8”, 250-pound behemoth of a man coming right down the barrel you don’t really know what to do.
Farewell for the North Course. How much will you miss it?
The North Course is where you make up what you lose on the South Course. You try to shoot 6 or 7-under on the North and just stay afloat on the South. I’ll be a little sad to see the changes, but if we’re going to keep utilizing the North as a tournament course, there are a couple holes that could use some change.
What does it mean to have golf back in the Olympics?
My only thing with this is that I think it should be a team event. It’s obviously special and we need it. I’ll be going down [to Rio] but if there’s one thing I’d like to see happen, it is to change it to a team format. I think there would be much more pride involved.