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Day wants to return to Aust as No.1

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016 Scott Bailey

Jason Day is determined to become the first Australian men's golf world No.1 to compete in his own country this century when he returns in November.

Not since Greg Norman in 1997 has an Australian played in his own backyard when holding the top ranking spot, but Day is primed to change that at the Australian Open in Sydney and the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

"Being an Australian that's No.1 in the world, back home playing in Australia - that's a pretty cool honour to have," Day said in a teleconference on Tuesday.

"Right now I have the opportunity to do that."

Another successful season with three US tour wins has allowed Day to open up a sizeable lead at the top of the rankings with American Dustin Johnson second.

Before he returns to Australia, Day will first contest the US tour's rich, four-tournament playoffs series, and will go in holding a lead over the chasing pack in the season-long Fed Ex Cup points race which delivers a $US10 million bonus to the winner.

While the money is enormous, 28-year-old is driven by the chance to put his name on the Fed Ex Cup as the first Australian winner in its nine-year history - something that would certainly also ensure the No.1 ranking remains his.

"As time goes on and the Fedex Cup is around for a long time it creates that history that we have," Day said.

"You're able to look back in history, see who won it and the great players and the names that have been on that trophy.

"To be able to put my name on that would be very very special."

Day has not returned to Australia since 2013, where he claimed one of the earliest big wins of his career in the last World Cup, triumphing both in the individual event and the team event with Adam Scott.

Since then injury stopped him from playing in Australia in 2014, while the birth of his second child kept him in the United States last year.

He is now hoping his American wife Ellie and two children, who are "50-50" on making the trip, can join him in his homeland.

"I really miss Australia - I get homesick a lot," he said.

"I want her to come back and enjoy Australia and the culture we have down there.

"To be able to show her how far I've come to be the No.1 player in the world would be pretty cool to show my family."

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