Former world No.1 Jason Day has vowed not to throw in the towel on the Open Championship after a slow start at Royal Liverpool.

The 2015 PGA Championship winner puzzlingly has only one top-10 result at the UK major, a tie for fourth in that year’s Open at St Andrews, where he missed a playoff by one shot. “Is this is a major championship that I haven’t really had good results in? Yes, … I played great at St Andrews [in 2015] year, and finished one shot out of the playoff. I enjoy links golf.”

On Thursday at Royal Liverpool, Day carded a one-over 72 that left him six shots back of the lead. Day’s 72 – which featured a double on the 10th, three birdies and two bogeys – didn’t drop him out of contention. But it has left the 13-time PGA Tour with plenty of work over the next three rounds. Work that the Queensland native is willing to do.

“It’s the first day, so I’m not going to get too disappointed by it,” Day, who broke a five-year PGA Tour win drought at the Byron Nelson recently, said. “We’ll see how it goes at the end of the day. I’ve just got to try and get that back under par. I think I’ve just got to keep plugging along. It’s The Open Championship; anything can happen. I’m going to go to the range and kind of work on it and keep plugging along.”