Day can pass McIlroy, Spieth for No. 1 next week

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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.

On Sunday at The Barclays, after winning for the third time in his last four PGA Tour starts, Day referred to the comment as a “no-no.”

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.”