JASON DAY goes head to head with arch rivals Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth this week with the world No.1 spot up for grabs in the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Any of the three could emerge at the end of four days of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston in golf’s top spot.
The problem is if you ask any of the three who currently deserves No.1 they all point at each other. (The actual World Ranking table is a complicated two year rolling formula, as we’ve pointed out before.)
“I believe that Jason (Day) is No. 1 right now,” said Jordan Spieth, who briefly held the No.1 spot before handing it back to McIlroy when he unexpectedly missed the cut at The Barclays last week.
“I mean who would argue that after [Day’s win] last week? He’s playing the best of anybody right now. Until somebody dethrones him, hopefully me this week, he’s still that guy to beat right now.”
Day and Spieth are one and two in the FedEx rankings with McIlroy, who comes back after very limited play since his soccer-induced ankle injury.
“If you went on the one year system in terms of the world rankings, you’ve got to say Jordan,” said Rory McIlroy this week. “And then Jason, I would say.”
Day will be going for his second win in a row (and a huge leap toward the $10 million FedEx bonus) and fourth win in five starts, including of course his US PGA Championship victory.
“I can’t say that I am because it just wouldn’t feel right because you can’t look at the World Rankings and go, yeah, I’m the best player in the world but I’m ranked third in the world right now,” Day said. “The play that I’ve been doing over the last six, seven weeks has been great. But they’re there for a reason, the average is there for a reason.”
Twenty one year old Spieth summed it up nicely:
“I look forward to all three of us and some continuing to push each other. Golf’s in a cool place right now with young guys that are not afraid to win. … The best at their best are at as high a level as has been in the last few years. It’s a great spot for golf and I’m happy to be battling for it.”
Of course there are some other golfers taking part this week, 99 in all in fact with only Sergio Garcia sitting it out.
The tournament starts a day later than most others because of the holiday weekend in the US.
The other Aussies still in the race for a playoff victory are Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, John Senden and Matt Jones.
Live 1st round coverage on Fox Sports begins Saturday 4.30am – 8.30am
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