THE Jason Day party just keeps getting better with the 27 year old Aussie golfer winning The Barclays, the first event of the 2015 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Day posted a blemish free 8-under 62 to win his third event in four starts by six strokes.
He catapulted to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings to have a real chance at the US$10 million cup bonus and – depending what happens in the remaining three playoff events – being nominated for Player of the Year. That would be an amazing result considering Jordan Spieth won the year’s first two majors.
Day now has four US PGA Tour wins for the year, the Farmers Insurance in February, and the RBC Canadian Open, The US PGA Championship and now The Barclays in the last month.
Since the US Open in June, when vertigo attacks “restricted” him to a T9 finish, Day has had 20 rounds under par, including his T4 at the British Open in July.
As veteran Aussie player and commentator Ian Baker-Finch said of Day’s play during his final round at the Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey: “An astonish, command performance this weekend.”
Day was certainly in the zone, with an eagle, six birdies opposed by just one late bogey for his 63 on Saturday, and eight unblemished birdies on Sunday.
“Today was just phenomenal,” Day said.
“I’m just excited right now. I’m ecstatic. I got off to a good start in the playoffs and I’m looking forward to next week.”
Day is the first Aussie golfer since Bruce Crampton in 1973 to win four US PGA events in a season.
Day also edged closer to his long held dream of being world No.1, with Rory McIlroy reclaiming the crown on Sunday after Spieth crashing out and missing the Barclays cut.
The Queenslander has now won US $7,551,205 this season, and whatever happens in the next few weeks, will still be needing a couple of bank deposit slips with plenty of space the deposit amount column before the series is over.
Day finished on 19-under, with Henrik Stenson (66) second on 13-under and Bubba Watson (69) third on 11-under.
The next best Aussie was Steven Bowditch, who was in the clubhouse with a round of the day 64 before Day’s finishing burst. He finished on 6-under tied for 13th.
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