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Jason Day may have bowed out of the British Open at halfway in tame fashion but there was defiance in the voice of the disappointed Queenslander as he insisted at Royal St George's that he "100 per cent" believes he'll be the world's best golfer again.
A fighting level-par round on Friday wasn't enough for Day to repair the damage of his five-over par opener yet the Queenslander keeps seeing enough to persuade him he'll get back to ruling the golf rankings just as he did for 51 weeks between September 2015 and February 2017.
Day's struggles while the game's current luminaries like Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth were gathering birdies seemingly at will may make his assertion sound like a bit of a pipe dream.
The 33-year-old, after all, hasn't won for three years, has had constant struggles with his back and has slumped to No.68 in the world rankings.
Yet on Friday, it was possible to see the desire that still burns within Day as he kept battling after a dismal double bogey six at the first, which effectively killed his hopes stone dead, and fired in three birdies in his last five holes.
"I think the last two, three seasons of not playing that well obviously humbles you a lot," Day explained after his round.
"I know my game is good enough to be No.1. Obviously not right now, but I 100 per cent believe in my heart I can get back there.
"My goal is to get back to No.1 but I know a lot of the work I've been putting in hasn't yielded a lot of good results yet, but I've just got to keep putting in the hard yards and stay positive.
"It's obviously disappointing I'm not going to be here for the weekend. Of course, I want to play the weekend at every major. It's just unfortunate.
"But I can't dwell on bad play or things not happening my way.
"I've missed a lot of cuts over the last two, three years, so you start forgetting the results, you start focusing more on the process.
"I feel like I'm doing the right things process-wise and I've just got to be patient. I just can't be down because if I'm down with my attitudes and emotions, it's just not going to work out."
Day feels frustrated because his golf struggles have come hand-in-hand with a recent joyful moment in his personal life after he became a father for a fourth time.
"Everything's been great, everything's slowing down now (following the birth a month ago ) - obviously not for my wife," he told AAP.
"She was nervous with her age, and having four children means she's pretty busy.
"But everyone's healthy and well. I've just got to play a little bit better golf. That all makes my world a little bit better."
It's not been all good news, though.
"My mum has unfortunately had to go back doing chemotherapy and radiation again because of her lung cancer - but that's part and parcel of life," he said.
"Everybody has got someone who's going through something and I'm able to deal with it a little bit better now because we've been battling it together for the last five six years.
"My life is very balanced. I've just got to focus on playing good golf, that's all I can do.
"But I feel it will come, I've just got to be patient. I see all the work I'm doing and see a lot of good stuff coming."