Major champion Jason Day opened up on the “humbling” experience of dropping to 151 in the world as a second straight top-10 finish served as a reminder of the gap he needs to close to achieve his goal of winning again on the PGA Tour.
Day has climbed back into the top 100 and held on to finish fifth at the $29m WM Phoenix Open, his best finish in more than a year, as Scottie Scheffler climbed back to world No. 1 with a two-shot win over Canada’s Nick Taylor.
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World No. 3 Jon Rahm was a shot further back and world No. 9 Justin Thomas was fourth, one shot ahead of Day, who declared after two solid outings to open 2023 he’d be competing with the world’s best more regularly this year, and he still had goals of being on top of the world again.