LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Don’t submit those PGA Tour Player of the Year ballots just yet.
Jason Day made the race for top player honors a bit more interesting Sunday with his victory at the BMW Championship. It was his PGA Tour-leading fifth win of the season, and fourth in his last six starts.
Jordan Spieth is still considered the favorite after his two-major, four-win campaign heading into next week’s Tour Championship.
“I still think it’s him,” Day said Sunday night. “But I’m hoping that I can go and win next week and get people talking about it a lot more.”
Day earned the No. 1 seed at East Lake. He says a Tour Championship victory and FedEx Cup title “might change some people’s minds.”
It’s remarkable to think that it’s not a lock for Spieth to win the award after recording one of the best major seasons in history. As a 21-year-old, he won the Masters and U.S. Open, then shared the lead on the 71st hole at St. Andrews before eventually tying for fourth, one shot out of the playoff. He finished second to Day at the PGA.
With that performance, he has already earned at least one player’s vote.
When asked if Player of the Year was on the line next week at East Lake, Rory McIlroy replied: “No, no way. No way. Majors trump anything. Jordan has had that locked up basically since the Open Championship.”
If nothing else, it's now at least worth a discussion.