Jason Day’s dominating victory at the BMW Championship — a 6-shot triumph in the third-leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — jumped the Aussie over both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth into the top spot in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.
Day, 27, coasted to a victory in Chicago at Conway Farms Golf Club en route to his fourth victory on the PGA Tour since last July including his first major title at the PGA Championship. It was also his second win during the playoffs.
Day opened with rounds of 61-63 and cruised to finish 22-under tally. He now has a sizable lead in the FedEx Cup standings with one event to play — the TOUR Championship.
A 7-to-1 betting pick heading into the week at Ladbrokes.com, Day has certainly made his case for PGA Tour Player of the Year honors with five victories in 2015. Despite his two major titles, Spieth has had a difficult playoff season, missing the first two cuts before logging a T-13 effort.
The Top 5 players in the FedEx Cup standings all have a shot to win the Cup next week in Atlanta. Any of the Top 5 that wins the TOUR Championship also earns enough points to capture the FedEx Cup.
That opens the door for the four players behind Day in the standings including Spieth, Rickie Fowler (who finished T-4 in Chicago), Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson. Both Stenson and Watson managed T-10s at the BMW Championship to hold their spots in the FedEx Cup Standings Top 5.
Other Golf news:
- The European Tour hosts the Porsche European Open next week in Germany. the tour’s season-long points competition — the Race To Dubai — heats up with only a few weeks remaining before its four-tournament series finale. Former major champions Graeme McDowell and Charl Schwartzel headline the field.
- Tiger Woods had a second back surgery earlier this week and will not return until “early 2016,” according to his website and multiple reports. Woods will skip the HERO World Challenge, his own event, and the beginning the 2015-2016 wrap-around season on the PGA Tour. Woods will be 40 years old when he tees it back up competitively.
- The LPGA Tour returns to action in October in Kuala Lumpur for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The tour also visits Korea, China, Taiwan and Mexico before returning to the U.S. in mid-November for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
- Daniel Berger finished runner-up to Day at the BMW, which moved the PGA Tour rookie from 46th to 9th in the FedEx Cup standings. It also earned him a spot in the TOUR Championship. Scott Piercy (third in Chicago) and Kevin Na also played their way into Atlanta.
- Jim Furyk, who withdrew Thursday at the BMW, slipped from 9th to 17th in the standings.