Up five shots to start the final round, Jason Day cruised to victory Sunday, turning in a 2-under 69 to win the BMW Championship by six and take over as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how Day walked to victory and the top of the golf world at Conway Farms:
What it means: This is Day’s seventh PGA Tour win and fifth this season. He is just the third international player since 1960 to win five times in a season, joining Nick Price and Vijay Singh. He joins Singh and Tiger Woods as the only three players to win five times in a season in the last two decades. He joins Woods and Rory McIlroy in the group of the players to win a major championship and multiple playoff events in the same year. Day is the third Australian player to reach No. 1 in the world, following Greg Norman and Adam Scott. He will also enter next week No. 1 in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Round of the day: Zach Johnson and David Hearn fired rounds of 7-under 64. Johnson made just one bogey and used a streak of five consecutive birdies on his final five holes to finish T-13. Hearn was spotless in the final round, but his T-28 finish was not enough to advance him to next week’s Tour Championship.
Best of the rest: Bubba Watson would have shot 64 if not for a bogey at the 18th. No matter, Watson entered the week fifth in the FedEx Cup standings and stayed there, meaning he can control his own fate next week at East Lake.
Biggest disappointment: Daniel Summerhays had the misfortune of finishing 31st and Justin Thomas 32nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Summerhays played the back nine in 2 over to miss the top 30 by just two points. Thomas found the creek on the par-5 18th, and it cost him. Separately, Russell Knox, Ben Martin and Jason Bohn all entered the week inside the top 30 but did not advance to East Lake.
Shot of the day: He didn’t quite get up and down for par, but this goes to Fabian Gomez, who played from the grandstands behind the 17th green.
Quote of the day: "Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I've ever had to play in my entire life, knowing I could be No. 1." - Day