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Jason Day reaches out to Tiger Woods for advice on ‘killer instinct’


After a brilliant 2015 campaign that saw him at long last realize his enormous potential by winning his first major at the PGA Championship Jason Day’s 2016 season hasn’t gotten off to the best start, to put it mildly. In three starts this season, Day has a 10th and 11th place finish along with and a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Suffice to say, after finishing last season on a torrid hot stretch with four PGA Tour victories in the last three months of the season, the world’s current No. 2 golfer has stumbled out of the gate, something he feels can be attributed to losing what he refers to as his “killer instinct,” the ability to dig deep to outhit, outplay and outperform his opponents.

So who better to seek out for advice than his longtime pal Tiger Woods, whose killer instinct may have no match throughout the long and storied history of professional golf?

Speaking ahead of the WGC Cadillac Championship this week, Day indicated he spoke with Woods for nearly an hour, joking that it wasn’t like the 40-year-old, on the shelf after two back surgeries and not having played any competitive golf in over six months, had much going on.

“He had nothing else, I guess,” Day quipped, laughing, via ESPN’s Jason Sobel. “He was just sitting at his home and I just called.”

Day indicated as is the case every time he seeks guidance and advice from Woods, the theme was all about “mindset, mental toughness, effort” and that Woods demonstrated for a long time “how he was just going to flat out-execute you.”

Day indicated that he knows he possesses that kind of inner drive, and Woods’ counsel always proves to be an invaluable resource in helping him rediscover it.

“Once it does,” Day said of that killer instinct, “I’m hoping that I can replicate the second half of last year. But it’s amazing to be able to talk to someone that’s done it for so long, because [Woods] did it for 14, 15 years of just absolutely dominating and killing it. If there’s a better person to talk to about it, that was him.”