Date: December 04, 2007

Day hopes to be fit for Open in race against time

Young Australian golfing sensation Jason Day remains tentatively hopeful of overcoming a wrist injury to play in December&aposs MFS Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. The 20-year old from Brisbane has been battling a torn tendon in his right wrist, but says he is 90% confident of taking his place in the field despite not playing competitively since early October. “I am hoping to be ready for the Open, because I really want to play it,” Day said in a media teleconference. “I&aposve had a fantastic year and I&aposd obviously like to play against the Australian greats. “There are a lot of good players coming out for the Australian Open.It would be great for me to see the fans out there as well as my old buddies from the tour. It should be fun if I get to play, so fingers crossed!” The Queenslander received a cortisone injection last week to enhance the healing process and while hopeful of playing in Australia&aposs premier golfing event, Day remained level headed. “There&aposs no pain in my wrist at the moment, but I don&apost want it to flare up,” he said. “Obviously 2008 is going to be a big year for me and I&aposm hoping for it to heal. It would be good for me to play the Australian Open but I know there will be another 40 Opens in the future that I can play in.” Day has made the most of his time on the sidelines by relaxing, catching up with friends, hitting the beach and spending time with his girlfriend Ellie who lives in Ohio, a two and a half hour flight from his home in Orlando, Florida. Since turning professional in June 2006 the Aussie created history when he triumphed in a Nationwide Tour event to become the youngest ever winner on any of the three PGA-sanctioned tours. Solid results after that gave Day instant elevation to the PGA Tour, on which he made the cut in five out of seven events as a teenager. The last event Day contested on home soil was the Jacob&aposs Creek Open in February and a solid recovery in Australia would be the ideal preparation for a positive start to his first fully exempt season on the PGA Tour.