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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.

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