Day out to break long Aussie drought at Pebble Beach

Day out to break long Aussie drought at Pebble Beach

Jason Day is on a mission at this week's Pebble Beach Pro Am after a series of close calls at the US PGA Tour's iconic California tournament.

Close: Jason Day finished runner-up at the Pebble Beach tournament last year.Credit:AP

Day's five top-six finishes in nine appearances have been the closest anyone has come to ending Australia's title drought at the celebrity-studded event on the Monterey Peninsula.

That drought stretches back to 1993 when Brett Ogle became the second Australian to win it after Bruce Crampton (1965).

Former world No.1 Day's recent results at the Pebble Beach event include joint runner-up to Ted Potter jnr last year, sharing fifth behind Jordan Spieth in 2017 when Day held the 36-hole lead, and a tie for fourth in 2015.

But coming off a top-five result at Torrey Pines, Day is confident of settling a score with an event that has taunted him more than any other in the US.

"I've had some very good finishes here and I feel like I am going to win this tournament one year," Day said on Tuesday.

The Pebble Beach Pro Am has 156 professionals playing a PGA Tour tournament concurrently to a teams event with 156 amateur partners.

Each group has two professionals and two amateurs and the event is played across three courses – US Open rotational venue Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

The tournament is one of the more hyped events on the PGA Tour for its celebrity participation in the amateur draw.

This year's field includes surfing great Kelly Slater, retired NFL quarterback Tony Romo and comedian Ray Romano.

But Day says the event's profile, and long rounds due to amateur participation, have not contributed to his inability to win it.

Drought: Jason Day has finished in the top six at Pebble Beach five times.Credit:AAP

"I've had a lot of top fives and top-10s and played really well here, but I don't know what has stopped me from winning," Day said.

"All three courses suit my eye, but I guess I just have to be patient and let things unfold.

"Sometimes you just get beat on the day, even though you played well. Ted Potter played better than everyone last year."

Day is joined this week by a large Australian contingent including fellow former world No.1 Adam Scott, as well as Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Ryan Ruffels and Cameron Davis.

Big names in the field including 2017 champion Spieth, two-time Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

AAP

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