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A new day is dawning for Jason in his quest for World No.1 status

Jason Day says 2015 is going to be all about proving he is good enough to become golf’s World No.1, while also achieving consistency in his play and adding major championships to his CV.

Currently World No.8, the Australian had to contend with bouts of injury throughout last season, most notably hurting his back and thumb. However, despite having a disrupted 2014 campaign, he still managed to win a World Golf Championship event and was twice runner-up in US PGA Tour events.

Now the 27-year-old feels he is ready for a breakout year, being quoted as saying ahead of the start of the US tour season at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii starting on Friday: "The only thing that is missing is a lot of wins.

"I am not trying to put pressure on myself but I know I should be winning on a consistent basis. Physically I feel good and mentally I feel like I'm ready.

"There was plenty of frustration last year because I really thought I was going to be No.1 in the world but at the end of the day it was good experience-wise for me.

"I learned more and am wiser and hopefully it can now all come together."

It was after winning the World Cup in late 2013 and the WGC-Match Play Championship in early 2014 which gave Day the belief he could rise to the pinnacle of the golfing world, having appeared to have cured his inability to close out tournaments.

However, aside from niggling injury, a handful of spurned opportunities in late 2014 saw his critics once again emerge to express their negativity towards his play.

"In the past I have wanted to win so bad when in contention that I have made mistakes to force myself out of the tournament but now I have the belief that I know how to win," Day said.

"It feels different. I feel a calm now when I talk about it and this year feels like it will be different.

"I am not going to make or have excuses. I feel the expectation from myself and others from all around the world but I need to win tournaments, including majors, if I am to get to No.1 and that's the goal."

Day is joined by four other Australians in the 34-man winners-only Tournament of Champions field at Kapalua on Maui.

Two-time champion of the event in 2009 and 2010 Geoff Ogilvy returns for the first time since withdrawing in 2011, while John Senden returns to The Plantation Course for just the second time after being 19th in 2007. Matt Jones and Steven Bowditch will be making their debuts.