If Jason Day isn’t careful, people are going to start claiming 2015 is his year, instead of that of Jordan Spieth.
While Spieth still leads Day in Majors won this year (2 to 1), the Australian chalked up his second massive victory in three weeks on Sunday – taking the Barclays, the first leg of the FedEx Cup – by a healthy margin.
After nearly withdrawing with a nagging back injury, Day racked up his fourth win of the season, and his second in three weeks after notching the PGA Championship in Wisconsin, catapulting himself ahead of Spieth into the driver’s seat of the FedEx Cup standings.
Spieth, who missed the cut on Friday, did not pick up any points in the FedEx standings. For winning the tournament, Day was awarded 2,000 and now leads Spieth 4,459-4,169 in the chase for the overall prize of $10 million.
As former leaders Bubba Watson and Sang-Moon Bae faded in the competition on Sunday, it quickly became a two-man race between Day and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who won the FedEx Cup in 2013, but hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since.
Stenson, down two strokes to start the day, had an early bogey to give Day an extra leg up. Stenson was still within three strokes after birdying 13 and 14, but after Day birdied 15, Stenson bogeyed 16 and that was all she wrote.
Day finished wtih an 8-under 62 after his Saturday 63 to finish the tournament a blistering 19 strokes under par.
Stenson took 1,200 FedEx points for his second-place 13-under, and subsequently moved up to fourth in the FedEx standings from 41st with 2,152 points.
Watson, who shared the lead for the first two days, wound up all alone in third at 11-under, doomed by a double-bogey on No. 8. Regardless, his 760 FedEx points earned keep him in the conversation as he has topped the 3,100-point plateau with three tournaments to go.
Bae fell back to 9-under for the tournament with an even-par 70. The Open Championship winner Zach Johnson ended up finishing tied for fourth with Zac Blair. Both players, along with Day, Stenson, and Watson, shot all four rounds under 70.
Besides Day’s win, the biggest move of the completion of the Barclays is the pairing down of the field from 125 to 100 for this coming week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
With the standings reseeded following the Barclays, the low man into the next round is Jason Kokrak with 614 points.
Notable players below that mark failing to make the second round include former No.1s Adam Scott and Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood, Garham DeLaet, Retief Goosen, and Vijay Singh.