The Courier-Mail



JASON Day is cir­cling the world No.1 rank­ing af­ter trumping the great Greg Nor­man with four wins in an Amer­i­can sea­son.

It wasn’t just vic­tory at The Bar­clays in New Jersey yesterday that had the golf world abuzz but the sheer style, putting fire­works and the gap he put on the field.

Just like Nor­man in his hey­day, Day dec­i­mated the world’s best with a run­away six-stroke vic­tory through the au­dac­ity of his power plus a hot put­ter.

The pow­er­ful Queens­lan­der’s 63-62 week­end blitz to cap­ture The Bar­clays at 19un­der-par was his third vic­tory in four starts.

The re­cently-minted US PGA cham­pion is a stag­ger­ing 73-un­der for his past five tour­na­ments.

Iron­i­cally, the trig­ger to his suc­cess was flicked in the de­spair of his near-miss at the Bri­tish Open at St An­drews in July, when a calm­ness hit him: “I felt it was my time.”

Not even Nor­man in his pomp as world No.1 won four times in a sin­gle sea­son on the PGA Tour, where he won hat­tricks in 1986 and 1995.

Nor­man was one of golf’s great ad­vo­cates of play­ing around the globe so his world­wide tally of eight ti­tles for 1986 must be put up as his flag­ship year.

Not since Bruce Cramp­ton’s siz­zling six-month start to 1973 net­ted four ti­tles has an Aussie been on a roll like Day in the US.

“The great thing about it is it’s not over,” Day said with­out cock­i­ness. “The last six weeks have been crazy with the US Open (9th), the Bri­tish Open (4th) and mix­ing that in with three wins.

“I have this great mo­men­tum go­ing to a course I ab­so­lutely love (in Bos­ton) so it’s only pos­i­tive stuff.”

The quest for world No.1 is both com­puter-com­plex and sim­ple for golf’s new Big Three in the three-event cli­max to the FedEx Cup play­offs.

The duel al­most puts in the back­ground Day’s fron­trun­ning for the $14 mil­lion prize as FedEx Cup win­ner.

World No.3 Day, No.2 Jor­dan Spi­eth or top dog Rory McIl­roy could end up world No.1 with a win at the Deut- sche Bank Cham­pi­onship this week depend­ing on com­par­a­tive fin­ish­ing po­si­tions.

“Af­ter the Bri­tish Open, men­tally I felt like, ‘You’ve paid your dues. Now it’s time to go out and win tour­na­ments’,” Day said.

If he keeps hol­ing putts like his curl­ing 11m bomb on the 14th for one of yesterday’s eight birdies, this week in Bos­ton will be a shootout for the ages.

“I love play­ing against guys who are on fire,” Day said. “By far I’m play­ing the best golf of my life and I feel like Jor­dan Spi­eth with how I’m putting.

“I never thought (six weeks ago) I’d have the op­por­tu­nity, math­e­mat­i­cally, to get to No.1.

“It’s been a goal of mine but it’s go­ing to be tough and my fo­cus can only be play­ing good golf, not that.”

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