After three wins in his last four PGA Tour starts, Jason Day can become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Day, who remained No. 3 in the world after a six-shot win at The Barclays to open the FedEx Cup playoffs, can take the top spot from Rory McIlroy and pass No. 2 Jordan Spieth, with a win at TPC Boston. The Aussie would need to win and both McIlroy and Spieth would have to finish outside the top two in the second leg of the playoffs.
“Looking at it now, I never thought I’d have the opportunity, mathematically, to get to No. 1. It’s been a goal of mine,” Day said Sunday after his Barclays win. “Right now I just can’t focus on that. The only way I can control it is through playing good golf. That’s what I need to focus on, let the rest take care of itself and not say anything like I did in 2007.”
Three players held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2014, as well, with Tiger Woods losing the No. 1 spot to Adam Scott in May, who then lost the top ranking to Rory McIlroy after his win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.