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Jason Day plays down concerns over fitness ahead of Bay Hill challenge

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Jason Day insists he is over his recent fitness concerns as he prepares to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title.

The Australian was forced to miss the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this month due to illness, while he also struggled with a lower back complaint during the final few months of 2016.

The world number two insists he is now over his recent fitness issues and he is looking forward to returning to competitive action in Florida.

“The body feels good in general. Obviously a rest was what I needed and I feel like I’m swinging it pretty good, so we’ll see how it goes this week,” said Day.

Day secured a one-shot victory at Bay Hill 12 months ago and he is targeting another success this week, while he also has one eye on the first major of 2017, with the Masters due to get underway in three weeks? time.

The 29-year-old added: “I’m here to compete and win at Bay Hill this week, but I know I’ll be prepared and ready for Augusta when it comes around.”

Day will play his opening round in Florida alongside Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, as he bids to secure his first victory on the PGA Tour since his triumph at The Players Championship in May last year.

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