EDISON, N.J. – Not long after he turned professional in 2007, Jason Day, as only a 19 year old could, announced his goal to someday unseat world No. 1 Tiger Woods atop the Official World Golf Ranking.
This time, however, the context is quite different.
Thanks to his victory at Plainfield Country Club, Day can overtake world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who regained the top spot this week despite skipping The Barclays, and Jordan Spieth, who slipped to No. 2 in the ranking, with a win at next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship should Spieth and McIlroy finish outside third or worse.
“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. “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.”