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Day and Scott chase ranking rise at Pebble Beach

Day is back in action just 11 days after his last win (Photo: Henry Peters)
Jason Day has not won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am but he has played the event very well in the past and this week gets another chance to break through at one of America’s most iconic golfing layouts.

Just 11 days after his win at Torrey Pines, Day will tee it up against a field which includes the leading three players in the world, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth along with Rory McIlroy who is playing the event for the first occasion. 

But Day is on a mission in California. The World No. 10 is there to progress back up the world rankings.

"I was highly motivated to practice last week, get work done, didn't really take much time off at all," said Day. "I finished Monday with the playoff and got back to work on Tuesday, went to the gym Tuesday, practiced Tuesday.

"So obviously I really want to try and get out and win this week because there are a lot of great players here. A win here could propel myself up in the world rankings pretty quickly. So that's the way that I want to start the year off is that way."

In half of his eight appearances at Pebble Beach, Day has finished inside the top 6; his 5th place last year coming after he had led through 36 holes before a Saturday 75 saw him fall well off the pace. A last round 67 however resulted him recording his second-best finish in the unique pro-am format which is played across three courses.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club are therefore layouts which Day enjoys and given his current form then he can be expected to produce another high finish this week.

Day during today's press conference.

Day will be joined by Adam Scott who plays his first event since the Australian PGA Championship.

The 2013 US Masters champion is going the other way to Day in world ranking and stands at his lowest ranking (43rd) in more than seven years but, given his comments at RACV Royal Pines in December, this is a year in which he wants to refocus on his golf after a year of distractions.

Adam Scott the last time he played competitively at the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast.

"You know, the first half of the year I played okay but didn't get much out of it," said Scott in December. "Then since the U.S. PGA, I mean really the focus hasn't been on the golf at all and that shows up when you're going to play in world‑class fields, there's no doubt. 

"It's good for me to see that because it's very clear for me going back next year exactly what I need to do to remind myself what I've done for the past five or six years to play at the level that these guys at the top are playing at, and I really look forward to getting back into those kind of routines that I've been in over the past few years that have produced great golf." 

Day and Scott will be joined in the field by fellow Australians Matt Jones, Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Percy, Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling and current Australian Open Champion Cameron Davis who plays the event on invite.  

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