vows to bring different mindset to Presidents Cup
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[April 24, 2019]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former
world number one Jason Day is determined to bring a more positive
mindset to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne this year after
struggling to produce his best for the Internationals team in four
consecutive losses to the United States.
The Australian has reaped only seven points from his 20 matches in
the biennial team tournament and is still bothered by his 2015
performance in South Korea where he claimed only a half-point as the
Internationals were pipped 15.5 - 14.5.
In line to qualify for his fifth Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne
in December, Day said he needed to "pick up the slack" as a now
senior member of a team looking to break a seven-tournament losing
"I'm the first one to put my hand up in regards to that because
unfortunately, it has to start at the top, and I've made mistakes
with regards to not mentally being there," he told reporters at the
"You can obviously see my results in Korea and I wasn't mentally
there unfortunately with regards to being there for the team when I
needed, performing for the team.
"That was one Presidents Cup that we had a very good opportunity to
win, and sometimes you have to look at leadership and ask the
questions why, and for me, I made the mistake and I need to
understand we've got 11 other guys on the team that are trying just
as hard or trying even harder than myself, so I've got to pick the
slack up, too."
Day will partner countryman Adam Scott at the PGA Tour's Zurich
Classic, one of a number of prospective Internationals pairings
teeing off at the team-based tournament under the watch of captain
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Jason Day of Australia on the 2nd hole during final round play.
Scott is not one of the top 10-ranked Internationals players who
secure an automatic berth in the team but the former Masters
champion is highly likely to be a captain's pick due to his depth of
experience at Royal Melbourne.
Day and Scott, who have both carried the world number one ranking
and each won majors, have only been paired once in four Presidents
Cups -- in 2015 when they halved a four-ball match against Phil
Mickelson and Zach Johnson.
Scott hoped they would rekindle that partnership at Royal Melbourne.
"I think weíre a hell of a team," he said.
"Iíve tried to push for it to happen more often, but there are a lot
of different opinions and things to happen.
"You know, you have to play as a team member and do whatís best for
the team, but I would definitely push for this pairing, certainly in
Australia. I think itís very formidable."
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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