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Day relishing Match Play test

Jason Day expects the match play format of this week's World Golf Championships event in Arizona to bring out the best in him once again.

The Australian finished third in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain 12 months ago, taking the scalps of Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson amongst others.

Day, 26, heads to this year's renewal in good form having finished as runner-up to Scott Stallings at Torrey Pines at the end of last month.

He kicks off his campaign in the Arizona desert against Thorbjorn Olesen on Wednesday and insists the chance to battle it out head-to-head with an opponent is sure to get his competitive juices flowing once again.

"I've always enjoyed big moments and big tournaments," the world No.11 stated. "My game feels really good to me right now and when it is a big event all I want to do is play great shots and show everyone around the world that I can play.

"This is one of those events where you have to hit clutch shots, you have to be mentally strong, that's why I love the format.

Grind

"Every match feels like a final round Sunday and it is mentally and physically grinding on the body. You just have to be tougher than the other guy and that's why I think I do well.

"I am never going to quit or beat myself and I am never going to give up against anyone so they will have to come out and beat me."

Day acknowledges that he is not too clued up on his first-round Danish opponent, but remains confident that the best preparation will be to focus on his own game.

"I don't really know much about him (Olesen) except that he can certainly play because he's had a few good finishes in majors which shows he can handle pressure and isn't scared," he continued.

"It's going to be tough to compete against someone like that but I just need to worry about my own preparation and my own game.

"If I play my best I'll always be hard to beat. The course sets up well for me and hopefully I can take it all the way this year."