Aussie targets major glory in new year

GOLF: He hasn't won on the PGA Tour since claiming the Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, but Jason Day says he is confident he can not only break that drought next year, but will also win an elusive major.

The Queenslander (pictured) finished ninth in last week's World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods in California, ending a year that brought top-10 finishes in three of the four majors, and an emotional double victory in the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.

Playing just days after eight of his relatives were killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the 26-year-old won the individual section and partnered Adam Scott to victory in the teams section, the first title for Australia since Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady won in 1989.

"That was obviously a very emotional week, and to win the World Cup the way we did and then win the individual (title) on top of that, plus to have my family in town, was pretty special," the world No.11 told Reuters.

"To be able to win it with Scotty, who has been a really good friend of mine for a long, long time now, to play as well as we did and to win it pretty convincingly in the end (by 10 shots), was a complete honour."

Day said he would take "five or six weeks off" before hitting the gym to prepare for a serious assault on the majors in 2014. He finished third to Scott at this year's US Masters before tying for second at the US Open two months later.

"I would love to win a major," Day said. "That's a big goal of mine.

"I have to improve mentally a little more.

"But I feel like my game is in a good spot."