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Jason Day confident his back's on track

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Jason Day has distanced his back injury from comparisons with friend Tiger Woods' woes of recent years, confident three months of rehabilitation have been a complete success.

World No.1 Day will make his return to action at this week's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii starting on Thursday (Friday AEDT).

Former world No.1 Woods began his latest return to competitive golf in December after another back operation and 16 months on the sidelines.

With both men known for aggressive golf swings, some have questioned whether Day could be headed down the same path.

Day says that, while the injuries were similar, their situations are quite different.

"I'm in a better position than (Tiger) is; he's had three back surgeries," Day told AAP.

"I haven't had any surgeries yet, which is a good thing. But I am 29 and he's 41. I swing the club differently to him; he has his imbalances and my body has its imbalances.

"Even though it's similar (injury), our bodies are just so different."

In fact, Day insists his back is healthier than ever.

"With (my) L4-L5 disc, there's actually more space there. The bulged disc is gone. Usually when you have degeneration of a disc, it usually slowly gets worse," said Day.

"For some reason, mine's got better. I've got more space in between the disc."

Day has held the No.1 ranking for 40 consecutive weeks since winning the WGC-Matchplay in March.

And he has no plans on giving it up to would-be challengers Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson this year.

"That's the ultimate goal - to go No.1 for the whole year," Day told AAP.

"It's a pretty hefty goal but I think I'm up for the task with the way I've planned my schedule, my body and my practice."

With three US PGA Tour victories but no majors in 2016, Day is also desperate to add to his 2015 US PGA Championship.

"I had a five-win season two years ago. I had three last year," Day told AAP.

"The ultimate goal is always to try and beat your best year and that's what I'm going to try and do.

"Obviously, I'd like to get another major. To win a couple majors in one season would be great."

Day joins Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers in a four-man Australian assault at the 32-man Tournament of Champion on Kapalua's Plantation course.

The tournament, for last year's tour winners, features a prize purse of $US 6.1 million and no cut.

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