SOME people laughed when a teenage Jason Day said he wanted to be world number one … well they aren’t laughing now.
The 27 year old Aussie attained his long held dream with a six stroke victory at the 2015 BMW Championship in Illinios on Sunday.
After his opening rounds of 61-63 at the Conway Farms Golf Club put him in a near impregnable position Day had a more sedate but difficult weekend.
“Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I’ve ever had to play…”
“I felt a lot of pressure over the last two days, especially today knowing I had a six-shot lead,” Day said.
“Things can happen, some guys could shoot a low score or I can shoot one, two or three over and all of a sudden I’m not No.1.
“Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I’ve ever had to play in my entire life, knowing I had the opportunity to get to No.1.
“Stepping up and playing the way I did today was great to really understand what I’ve put into my game to get to where it is today.”
And if you want to know how fairytales really happen, often the answer is “hard work”.
“I’ve just been working so hard.” Day said. “And all I’ve wanted to do is win.
“That’s the mentality since the Open Championship (when he narrowly missed the playoff), something changed in my head.
“I felt like it was my time to start winning tournaments and ever since then it has been a phenomenal run.
“Our main goal was to get to No.1 and we understood that you had to win consistently to get to that No.1 spot.
“To be able to have that opportunity to get to No.1 and win was fantastic.”
Day becomes the youngest ever Aussie world No.1 and just the third behind Adam Scott and Greg Norman.
Day shot 69-69 on the weekend to reach 22-under and also become only the third player since 2003 to win five or more times in one season. The others are Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.
It was Day’s seventh win overall and his fourth win in just six starts.
His season’s earnings on the US PGA Tour have passed US$9 million and there will be another US$10million plus on the line this week with the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings moving on to the Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Day has a clear lead in the standings but the way the cup has been set up now any of the top five who win the tournament are guaranteed to win the FedEx bonus.
The only other Aussie in the championship is Steven Bowditch who finished at 5-under and goes into the event in positon 24th. Matt Jones put on a brave showing on the weekend but his 7-under finish saw him bow out just over the mark in 33rd position.
Jason Day Interview Video After Becoming World #1