The Courier-Mail

DAYLIGHT SECOND

- JIM TUCKER

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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