WGC Match Play: Jason Day eyes major victory after Dove Mountain win
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 24/02/14 10:21am
Jason Day was delighted to finally get over the line and grab a long-awaited victory after finally overcoming Victor Dubuisson to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
The Australian was taken to 23 holes by the Frenchman during an enthralling Dove Mountain final, but eventually come out on top for just his second victory in America.
Day won his one and only PGA Tour title at the 2010 Byron Nelson, and has come close to landing multiple tournaments since, including three second-placed finishes in majors and six top 10s overall.
Despite being just 26, Day has come under scrutiny for not landing more tournaments, give his obvious talent and ability to always be around the sharp end in the majors.
Sunday's final summed up his career to date, as he came close to sealing victory a number of times before finally coming through, and he says he was delighted to finally taste success again.
"It feels like it's been a long time coming since my last win. I've heard things in the media saying he's only got one win," said Day.
"I've had a lot of consistent finishes in big events and obviously I said to myself I've got to keep working hard and work, work, work, work, work smart.
"As long as I don't give up and keep pushing through, it will happen again, and hopefully happen in bunches.
"It took me nearly three years, I guess. I got my second win finally. But just that hard work has paid off. I've worked very, very hard in the off-season.
"I've worked very hard on my physical fitness and mental fitness and it certainly paid off this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Day was keen to remind reporters of his age, and says he believes he can go on to land a major title if he continues his improvement.
"A career is very long in golf," he added. "You see guys like Adam Scott, Justin Rose winning major championships in their early 30s. You see guys winning in their 20s like Rory and Tiger.
"The biggest thing for myself is just to understand I'm not Rory. I'm not Tiger. I'm not Adam Scott. I'm not Justin Rose.
"I'm Jason Day. And I need to do the work and it will happen, I've just got to be patient."