Day claims world number one with BMW victory
Jason Day’s fourth PGA Tour victory in the space of 51 days after winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Illinois.
The win has rocketed the Aussie not only to the top of golf’s world rankings, but has put him in line for a $AUD13.9 million pay day if he finishes in the top spot of the FedEx Cup rankings after the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, starting Friday.
Day also becomes the third and youngest Australian to reach world number one. Greg Norman holds the longest record of an Australian holding the top-spot, a staggering 331 weeks, with Adam Scott the last Aussie to claim the crown when in May 2014 Scott took the top ranking from Tiger Woods.
It caps off a tremendous season which has seen Day win four of his past six tournaments and, equally as impressively, has recorded three top-ten finishes in majors. In his last seven tournaments he has played 101-under par.
Day closed out his win on Sunday at the BMW Championship with a two-under-par 69 to finish at 22-under, six clear of American rookie Daniel Berger in the third of the PGA Tour’s four FedExCup playoff events.
“I just always had a vision of me standing on top of the earth when I was a kid and knowing that, right now, there’s no one on this planet that’s better than me. That’s pretty cool,” said Day.
“This whole summer has been a whirlwind. It’s kind of surreal right now just to really think about. I don’t think it will sink in until tomorrow when I look at the rankings and see my name on top of the list.”
A few years back at the Australian PGA at Coolum, Day made the bold statement that he would become the top player in the world. At the time the ranking was firmly in Tiger Woods’ control, yet Day had the self belief he could tackle the challenge with hard work and commitment. How true that has become.
“I mean, just four out of the last six weeks it’s been kind of a dream run for me,” said Day.
“You know, to put it into words, it’s quite shocking, really, to really understand what I’ve accomplished, not only — golfers have accomplished this kind of feat before, but for me personally, I thought I always had it in me, but just to be able to do it and play the way I have and finish the way I have has been a fantastic ride.”
American Scott Piercy was third at 15-under with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and JB Holmes sharing fourth at 14-under.
Matt Jones was the next best Aussie finishing in a tie for 32nd position at 7-under, with Steven Bowditch two further behind in a tie for 41st.
Day leads the ‘Power Rankings” heading into the Tour Championship ahead of Rory McIIroy, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth where each of the top-30 could win the FedEx Cup. Bowditch is the only other Aussie to be playing in Atlanta.
A top-5 finish will see Day with a reasonable chance to win the tour season ender.