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Day guards against mental errors

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Ashton Hudson

World No.1 Jason Day is trying to guard against mental errors at this week's BMW Championships by taking a relaxed approach into the third leg of the PGA Tour playoffs.

A year removed from the event which first sent him to the top of golf's rankings summit Day returns as defending champion, albeit at a different venue.

With the second of four playoff events finishing in Boston on Monday the remaining 70 players left in the race for the season-long FedExCup face a quick turnaround for Thursday's opening round at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indianapolis.

It is the 28-year-old's first look at the course, having not qualified this far in 2012 when the tour last visited the venue.

The Queenslander chose to rest on Tuesday, using Wednesday's Pro-am as his only look at the course before competition.

With his driving accuracy still the worst of his career, the frustration is taking a toll.

"I wanted to make sure that I was more so rested than anything, because over the last two weeks I haven't been driving it that well, so I've seen a lot of golf courses, not in good ways, and that can take a mental toll on myself," Day said.

"I've been kind of grinding it out over the last two weeks just to try and hit the fairways.

"I feel good about where the state of my game is."

Day, who ranks second on the points list, is confident the lack of preparation time won't affect his chances.

He also played one practice round prior to the PGA Championship in July and finished second, one shot behind Jimmy Walker.

The 10-time tour winner is also mindful the last time he faced a quick turnaround during the playoffs he was forced to withdraw with a back complaint during the BMW Championships in 2014 but said physically he's in good shape.

If Day can maintain a place in the top five on the points list he will head to the 30-man Tour Championship knowing a win in Atlanta would guarantee the FedEx Cup and the $US10million bonus.

Adam Scott, ranked fifth on the points list, is also secure to the season finale but needs a good result to stay in the all-important top five.

For the remaining two Australian's Aaron Baddeley (67th) and Marc Leishman (70th) the scenario is simple.

Finish in the top three this week or face the likely prospect of the end of their seasons.

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