Jason Day looking for big payday and the top spot
Jason Day’s good form means the Australian looks to be on course for ending the year as number one.
The number-three ranked 27-year-old is currently fighting for the first spot with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and American Jordan Spieth, placed first and second, respectively.
Not much was heard about Day’s many sonear-and-yet-so-far exploits on courses over past seasons, as he battled with illnesses and injuries – until he won the PGA Championship for his maiden major three weeks ago, that is.
Last Sunday, he raised his profile once more by winning The Barclays, in which he posted a six-shot win at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey.
Day’s impressive form has raised questions from golf connoisseurs about whether he’s up to the task of surpassing McIlroy and Spieth.
Since the year started, the battle for the leaderboard has appeared to be a two-horse race. But Day has mounted a late charge for the finish line.
McIlroy reclaimed the number one berth when the points totals were recalculated this week following Spieth’s two-week reign at the helm. Spieth missed the cut at The Barclays to hand the lead back to McIlroy, who enjoys a points cushion. Points over a two-year period are collected for the rankings.
Day’s win on Sunday sent him to first place in the FedExCup play-off standings, where Spieth is placed second.
Day is poised to upstage McIlroy and Spieth if his hunger and determination on the fairways is anything to go by.
He said on his Twitter account this week: “I never thought I’d have the opportunity, mathematically, to get to number one. It’s been a goal of mine. Right now, I just can’t focus on that ... The only way I can control it is through playing good golf.”
Day, so poor as a kid that he shopped at a store where he stuffed as much used clothing as he could into a bag for five Australian dollars, is trying not to think about the potential of a $10 million (R136.5 million) bonus for winning the FedExCup. That’s still four weeks away.
Tiger Woods has placed an embarrassing 266th and become an also-ran.
With the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, North West, just around the corner, organisers of the event are yearning to have Day grace the annual December showdown in Mzansi.
The tournament’s director, Alastair Roper, said: “We would have loved to see him being part of the challenge, but seeing that there are so many events taking place in his country, Australia, at that time, he won’t agree to come here. But we’ll keep trying to twist his arm to come.”
CONTENDER Jason Day of Australia hits a tee shot during the Barclays tournament at Plainfield Country Club last Sunday