2015 BMW Championship Leaderboard: TV Times: Preview
JASON DAY is a confident man ahead of the third event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoff series.
The 27 year old Aussie golfer clearly ran out of puff in the second event (while still managing to finish 12th) but after a week off feels refreshed ahead of a weekend that could see him attain his long held dream of being world No.1.
Day believes all the pieces have fallen together for him now. Already No.1 in the FedEx standings, he just needs to finish in the top two at the BMW Championship at the Conway Farms Golf Club just outside of Chicago, and have a bit of help from arch rivals Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
”I always thought I had the skills to play and win at the highest level and be competitive,” Day said ahead of the 70 golfer no-cut event this week.
”But mentally, I think the last piece of the puzzle was to really believe. I mean, it’s easy to say, ‘Just go ahead and believe in yourself.’ But how do you believe in yourself when you don’t know what to believe in? That was the hardest part for me.”
Prior to the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago Day had won three times in four starts, including his US PGA Championship major breakthrough.
He saHe He said a big turning point for him had been the British Open, where he missed a 30 foot putt to go into the playoff.
”All those major championships I lost, it was built-up scar tissue,” Day said. ”Scar tissue can be bad. But it can also heal and be good for you. No matter what happened that whole week, I felt calm. I didn’t play flawless golf, but I didn’t make mistakes. There was no stress. I was patient with myself. No matter what happened, I was letting it unfold and not forcing the issue.”
Day is confident he can keep the momentum going, that there has been a genuine change and he’s not just going through a temporary hot streak.
”I feel like everything is a lot clearer to me,” Day said. ”As a junior and an amateur, I’d walk onto the putting greens and feel like I was the guy to beat. And it took me a long time to really try and feel that way. Obviously, I’m not saying that I feel that way all the time here, but especially when I was playing some really good golf at the PGA, The Barclays, I felt like I was the guy to beat.”
Day partnered with Spieth & Fowler
Day will play in the first rounds in the marquee threesome that includes second round winner Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, who has been in slump and should also have benefited from the week off.
Top 30 through to Tour Championship
Only the top 30 after this event go through to the Tour Championship at East Lake next week and the chance for the FedEx US$10 million bonus.
Steven Bowditch ranked at 22nd is in a good position to continue while Australia’s only other remaining representative is Matt Jones, who at 33rd will need a star performance.
2015 BMW Championship TV Times
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