Unstoppable Jason Day Is Now World Number 1
After an incredible run of results in the last few weeks Jason Day has become golfs world number one. With Rory McIlroy being pursued by Jordan Spieth, the feeling was that Number 1 in the world would be held by either of them.
The Aussie, who’s form has been nothing short of staggering has been rewarded for all of his hard work to become top of the pile. At 18 he predicted that he would be world number one one day, which in some quarters wasn’t well received, however he is not someone who would be shouting about it giving the perception of arrogance.
Jason’s confidence is sky high at the moment and why not with 4 wins out of the last 6 tournaments entered. Being top of the golfing world may take a while to sink in for Day, having achieved his dream. Who knows how long he will remain there, for now he has joined golfs elite.
The one that got away, on the 18th green at the Old Course, provided the impetus Jason Day required to end his major drought and, most recently, take his place at the top of the world rankings. Day’s putt to enter a play-off at the Open Championship fell short, reducing him to tears of frustration.
The recovery has been quite spectacular. Day’s canter to victory at the BMW Championship on the outskirts of Chicago on Sunday earned the 27-year-old the No1 spot he has coveted for so long.
With four wins from the last six starts, including success at the US PGA Championship, no one can dispute Day’s status as the hottest player in golf. Should he win the FedEx Cup and the $10m bounty that comes with it this weekend at East Lake, Day has a case for upstaging Jordan Spieth as the player of this year.
“This whole summer has been a whirlwind,” Day said. “It’s kind of surreal right now just to think about it. I don’t think it will sink in until I look at the rankings and see my name on top of the list.
“I mean, all the hard work and just knowing there was that belief in there somewhere that I could really believe in myself and understand all this was for a good reason, just to prepare myself for moments like this.
“I’m just rolling with it. I work very hard in the off weeks just to kind of keep where my game is at right now, and the level of confidence that I’m playing with is the highest it’s ever been.”
No wonder. The Australian held a six-shot lead going into the final round at the BMW and won by the same, gaping margin. For the fifth week in a row, world No1 has changed hands, which last occurred in 1997 when Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Ernie Els jousted at the top.
Full story by Ewan Murry for the Guardian
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