Suddenly, Jordan Spieth is looking over his shoulder. And, not so suddenly, Jason Day is currently the best player in the world.
Spieth was No. 1 for two weeks, losing the ranking while he missed the cut at the Barclays and Rory McIlroy was idle, owing to the vagaries of the Oficial World Golf Ranking.
But neither McIlroy nor Spieth are the best in the world, based on form over the past month. That distinction belongs to Day, No. 3 in the rankings, No. 1 in your heart. Day won for the third time in his past four starts following the Open Championship, where a narrowly missed putt would have meant a four-man playoff instead of three.
With a fearsome combination of length, laserlike irons and a putter kissed by the gods, Day ran past the field at Plainfield Country Club to win the Barclays by a whopping six shots, leaving the rest of the players scratching their heads wondering what in the world they would have to do to catch the streaking Day.
He is now the player to beat for the remainder of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which suddenly have become must-see TV. McIlroy skipped the Barclays to tend to his wounded ankle but he will be in the field at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, as will Spieth, who is nursing his pride, wounded by the puzzle of Plainfield.
And Day will have a target on his back, hoping that’s all his opponents see as he, with as much speed as possible, motors up the road to the top.
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