Day’s BMW top-5 keeps FedEx hopes alive
Jason Day’s tied 4th place finish on Sunday at the BMW Championship, where he finished five behind eventual winner Zach Johnson, brings the Aussie one step closer to his goal of ending the year with a victory.
This season Day has contended in majors, re-entered the world top-20 after sliding back to 37th to start the year, secured a place in the Tour Championship, grabbed more than five top-10′s and 10 top-25′s and hasn’t missed a single cut.
Jason Day kept his FedEx Cup hopes alive with a T4 finish at the BMW Championship (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“I think at the end of the day, I’m still trying to get number two win and I’m trying my best as possibly I can out there to try and achieve that,” said Day
“I really enjoy playing tough golf courses and I just enjoy playing against the best players in the world. I’ve had a really good season with the majors, and hopefully I can still carry that into the finals of the Playoffs.”
Each of the 30 players in the field at this week’s TOUR Championship has a chance, mathematically at least, to win the FedEx Cup.
Of the Aussies, Day and Adam Scott remain alive, Scott currently 3rd ranked behind Henrik Stenson and the leader, Tiger Woods. Day sits at 16th.
Spare a thought for Matt Jones who narrowly missed the top-30 with a lip-out putt at the last hole after a stellar tied 8th finish on the weekend.
It caps off a remarkable season for Jones that includes a runner-up placing at the Greenbrier Classic and five top-10 finishes.
Marc Leishman was also eliminated on the weekend, his tied 39th result not enough to keep his FedEx chances alive.
Day needs to win the TOUR Championship and then be wait to see how others perform in a mathematical breakdown of ‘what if’s’.
“I’ve won before so I know I can do it but it is difficult,” he says.
“I think I just need to learn how to do it again. I know I can play and compete and beat the guys out there. I’ve played well in majors so the biggest thing is just to believe in myself in the clutch situations.”
As to winning the TOUR Championship, Day remains equally upbeat regarding his chances.
“I really believe I can win and now I just have to get out there and execute.”
For Day to snatch the top-spot in the FedEx Cup standings Tiger Woods would need to finish 9th or worse, Henrik Stenson tied 4th or worse, Adam Scott tied 3rd or worse, Zach Johnson finishes in a three-way tie for 2nd or worse and Matt Kuchar finishes tied 2nd or worse.
Tiger Woods has returned to number one in the FedEx Cup standings. He and the others in the top five heading to East Lake Golf Club for the season-ending event – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Johnson and Matt Kuchar – will capture the FedEx Cup if they win at East Lake.
Scott still has a reasonable chance of winning with a 2nd-place finish in the season ender and can finish as low as T-4th and still have a mathematical chance of claiming the top prize.