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Jason Day has now won seven of his last 17 PGA Tour starts.

Jason Day living up to comparison to Tiger Woods

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Adam Scott could be accused of bias after describing the recent form of fellow Australian Jason Day as "Tiger-esque" following Day's victory in the Players Championship.

But while Day still has an extremely long way to go to match the 14 major titles and 79 PGA Tour wins of Woods, it is becoming increasingly hard to dismiss Scott's views as partial hyperbole.

With his four-shot victory at Sawgrass, Day has now won seven of his last 17 PGA Tour starts, a brilliant run which includes his record-breaking first major title in the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Three of the wins were wire to wire, including both of his strokeplay victories in 2016, and the world number one equalled the course record with an opening 63 at Sawgrass before setting a tournament-record halfway total of 15 under par.

Day led the field in both driving distance (averaging 311.6 yards per drive) and scrambling as he claimed his seventh win in the last nine months, five more than Scott and Jordan Spieth - the only other players to win more than one PGA Tour start over that span.

"Well, that's Tiger-esque, that kind of a run," said Scott, who won the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship in consecutive weeks.

"I try to imagine how good Tiger felt playing five years into his pro career and having won 50 events. Imagine how you'd feel confidence-wise? Jason must be feeling something like that at the moment. That's an incredibly nice way to walk out on the golf course, and you can see it with Jason.

" You can see there's that calmness inside him, calm confidence. The way he's walking around, he's got that kind of unbeatable look about him."

Unbeatable is certainly overstating it and Day remains highly motivated to extend his stay at the top of the world rankings after increasing his lead over Spieth to 2.4 points, with Rory McIlroy a further two points adrift.

Day and Woods have become good friends in recent months and although Woods has been happy to offer Day advice, the 40-year-old retains a competitive spirit.

"Tiger says he's going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I'm going to try and extend that gap, so if he does come back and he has turned into Tiger Woods again ... I've got to kind of watch my behind," Day said.

"That's the main goal and main reason why I'm trying to extend that lead, so that I stay on top.

"I look at my 10 PGA Tour wins and I say to myself, 'That's not enough,' and it isn't enough for me. It's just 10. I want more than 10.

"I look at Tiger, and he's got 79, or whatever it is, and Phil [Mickelson] is up there. I'm like, 'OK, I want to be looked back on as one of the greats in the game.' I'm going to try my best.

"I have the opportunity to do that right now, to try and work as hard as I can to really leave my footprint in this game, that has given me so much."

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