by Mark Hayes on Pebble Beach
Jason Day hopes having Steve Williams on the bag will inspire his return to the top. Image: Getty.
Jason Day looked into a wave mirror and didn't like what he was seeing.
His solution: Steve Williams.
An extraordinarily self-confronting Day today told his US Open press conference that he was "severely underdeveloped" and that he would not let go of his renewed pursuit of becoming a multiple great champion
To this end, the Queenslander Williams – the old caddy for superstars including Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Ray Floyd, Adam Scott and Ian Baker-Finch – confirmed full time return to the US PGA Tour, but only brutally honest instructions.
"He told me," If you don't work hard enough, I'll be gone, "Day said.
When he was asked if his self-impression had been the reason for the friends of Luke Reardon and Rika Batibasaga to put a division of tasks on his bag, the 31-year-old was very frank.
"Underachieved, yes. I am very impressed, I think.
"I feel like I have a game that, when it is on, can win the most tournaments. And the most important thing for me is to go ahead and believe that and have faith in my ability to do that.
"And now that I have Steve on the bag, I think it will hopefully flourish and I can win more of a habit.
"I know I can do it. All you have to do is look at 2015, 2016, even last year, and not just one win (every season). I know I can achieve multiple wins in one year and that I can get things started.
"So I just have to get that wish back into my game and keep working hard. I think as long as I keep doing that, then having Steve on the bag is the right choice."
Dag, twice a second prize winner at the US Open who lists the 2015 US PGA Championship as his only major, admitted that he had "made a big hit" with such announcements from his resume.
"The ultimate goal is to win all four majors. If you can, there are only a handful of guys who did – and I think that's a good, lofty goal that you can try and achieve and that you goals high enough.
"But I think my game gives me the feeling that I have the potential to earn it. So hopefully I will keep my head down and keep going."
Day said that Williams, not himself, had been the chief driver of their new union and that the Kiwi had been equally candid in his reviews.
"He thinks I'm an underachiever. And he wants me to win many more tournaments," said Days.
"I think he has the ability to guide me through the (finish) line much more and (is) able to change my game.
"To be honest, I'm kind of a bit like a minor collapse, even though I've had some good finishes … I feel like I have to win a lot more.
"He has the formula to hopefully get a lot more out of line and to win some more tournaments. And yet, I'm talking about big championships. I'm not just talking about regular tour events. I want to win more majors.
"It was a very nice compliment that he told me about getting on the bag. And I appreciate that.
& # 39; This is Steve Williams, it's not your local Sunday caddy at your local club. It was a bit intimidating to have him on the bag, to be honest. He has had many wonderful ball strikers. "