Miami - World number one Jason Day is
relishing the prospect of trying to win an Olympic gold medal but has no
problem with fellow professionals who have opted to skip the Games.
A lengthening list of golfers have ruled
themselves out of consideration for the Rio de Janeiro games in August, where
golf is returning after a 112-year absence.
South Africans Louis Oosthuizen, Charl
Schwartzel and Day's Australian compatriot Adam Scott are among players who
have withdrawn in recent weeks.
But 28-year-old US PGA champion Day said he
couldn't wait to head to Brazil to have a crack at Olympic glory.
"For me personally, I'm looking
forward to the challenge of trying to win a medal," Day told reporters as
he prepared for Thursday's opening round in the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of
"It would be a really, really
fantastic honour to be able to win a gold medal or any medal at the
Olympics," he added.
"To be able to go down there and try
and win a gold medal and represent your country is a unique and massive honour."
Day's compatriot Scott faced stinging
criticism in Australia for ruling himself out of the Olympics, with swimming
legend Dawn Fraser among those taking aim at the golfer.
Day however said he had sympathy for
players who had elected to miss the Olympics, acknowledging that majors were
viewed as more important than medals.
"Your career is pretty much based on
how many majors you win and how many tournaments you win," Day said.
"You can't really get angry at golfers
for trying to say that they're going to pull out of the Olympics -- because
it's never been on our radar to ever win a gold medal."
While Rio remains a distant goal, in the
short term, Day is concentrating on the challenges ahead at TPC Louisiana this
weekend, where $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points are on offer to the
Day revealed that he is keen to extend his
reign as world number one after spending nine weeks on top of the pile.
"I just want to get to 10 (weeks), and
after that I want to get to 11 and after that I want to get to 12, and so on
and so on," Day said.
"I shared a text with Greg Norman
earlier this year, and he said that he would love to see me pass him. I'm like
ugh, that's 330 something weeks at No 1.
"That's a very dominant career in my
mind, and if I have the opportunity to do that, I know that's going to take a
lot of sacrifice and a lot of dedication to do that."