Day, Scott, Smith lead Australian assault at US major
Driven by burning desire to snare an elusive second career major, Jason Day and Adam Scott enter the PGA Championship in hot form and with fond memories of their last outings at Oak Hill Country Club.
The layout in Rochester, New York, provides a true test of a golfer's skill and nerve, as much a US Open-type grind as a traditional PGA Championship set-up.
And Day, fresh off a drought-breaking PGA Tour victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, is relishing the chance to once again showcase his world-class short game.
"I'd prefer like a US Open-style golf course where it's like everything has to be firing," said Day, who boasts a phenomenally consistent record at both the PGA Championship and US Open.
In addition to winning the PGA in 2015 for his so-far only major, the 35-year-old was runner-up the following year, second twice at the US Open and has 11 top-10s in total from 23 starts in the two big events.
Most significantly, though, Day is finally a winner again after fending off world No.2 Scottie Scheffler and a raft of others with a brilliant, bogey-free, nine-under 62 in Texas on Sunday.
The former world No.1 planned to take a day off to celebrate and come down from the high before upping his preparations.
"Just from past experiences, you go from high to low very quickly and that can actually kill your adrenaline and then you're coming into Thursday kind of sluggish and not really prepared," Day said, not content with his breakthrough.
"I have to understand that moving forward but I think things are moving in the right direction.
"I don't say that hesitantly but I know there's a few things in the swing that I have to talk to (coach) Chris (Como) about.
"Just so that we can get the swing tighter and that dispersion comes together and that the implementation of these little things that I'm thinking about yields multiple-winning seasons instead of just winning once."
Ultimately Day craves a second major championship and agrees with Scott that golfers need multiple majors to be elevated to greatness in the annals of history.
"You definitely need more than just one," Day said.
"I definitely think my game is good enough to win now on any given week.
"But to be dominant like a Jon Rahm or a Scottie Scheffler, or to be competitive like those guys or Rory (McIlroy), it takes a lot more consistent work to get my game to where it needs to be to be like that.
"But I definitely think it's good time. I'd rather be where I am right now than where I was last week (after) missing a cut."
Day tied for eighth last time the PGA Championship was held at Oak Hill, with Scott equal fifth behind American winner Jason Dufner.
After a slow start to the season, Scott has recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes to be trending nicely for the season's second major.
As is Australian No.1 and world No.8 Cameron Smith.
Like Day in Dallas, reigning British Open champion Smith stormed home with a nine-under final round on Sunday only to lose in a playoff at LIV Golf Tulsa to former world No.1 Dustin Johnson.
Lucas Herbert, Min Woo Lee, Cam Davis and major debutant David Micheluzzi round out Australia's seven-strong challenge in New York.