GOLF’S new world No.1 Jason Day can add significantly to his growing legend this weekend by continuing his top form at the season-ending Tour Championship.
The 27 year old Aussie can make a big difference to his bank balance, career prestige and public profile.
One thing he probably can’t add much more to though is his current confidence level, as witnessed by statements in his most recent media conference such as: “It’s like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a baby – and I was it.” (And he was only half joking!)
The Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta is the fourth and final event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
It’s down to just 29 players (Jim Furyk pulled out due to a wrist injury) with all having at least a mathematical chance not only of winning the individual event but of also winning the FedEx Cup season long points race. The Cup comes with a US$10 million prize bonus.
Any of the top five who win the tournament automatically win the cup bonus, as defending champion Bill Horschel did last year.
The top five in order is Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.
If Day comes second he has to rely on where his nearest rivals finish, and the computations go on from there.
Also part of the equation this weekend is the Player of the Year title, an honour decided by an anonymous vote of randomly selected tour players.
Earlier in the year it would have been unthinkable that Jordan Spieth with his wins at the US Masters and US Open was not an automatic selection.
At the back end of the season Day has changed all that, with his four wins in his last six starts, including the US PGA Championship.
Spieth is still the favourite in the eyes of many but that could change depending on if, and how well, Day were to win this weekend.
Australia’s other representative this week is Steven Bowditch, whose memorable year on the US PGA Tour sees him entering the championship at 24th in the rankings.
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