DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR DAY
By winning the BMW Championship Jason Day also became the No 1 ranked golfer in the world, thus achieving a goal he’d held since childhood. “My main goal was to get to number one and we understood you have to win consistently to get to that spot. To get to number one and win is fantastic,” said Day after his resounding six-shot win in the FedEx Cup finals event.
“The final two rounds of the BMW Championship were probably the toughest rounds I have ever had to play in my life, knowing I had the opportunity to get to number one.”
It’s been a fairy tale year for the 27-year–old, who has won five tournaments to date, including four of his last six events. The big one, the PGA Championship, was his first major and laid to rest the tag of “one of the best players never to win a major”. Day has been a consistently good performer in majors: 2011 T2nd (the Masters); 2011 second (US Open); 2013 T2nd (US Open), 2015 T4th (Open Championship), and his win at Whistling Straits was well deserved.
“I have been working so hard. All I want to do is win, that has been the mentality since the Open Championship,” said Day, who missed the playoff by one shot. “Something changed in my head playing the Open and I felt it was my time to start winning tournaments. Ever since then it’s been a phenomenal run.”
Day becomes the 19th professional in the history of the Official World Golf Rankings to hold the top spot and the third Australian. Greg Norman held the No 1 spot for 331 weeks during the 1980s and 1990s and Adam Scott was the world’s top ranked golfer for 11 weeks in 2014.