Imagine it’s June of 2015 and Jordan Spieth has just won the US Open and The Masters back to back. Imagine your reaction if someone told you another player, and one not named Rory McIlroy, would end up taking the No. 1 spot late in the year from Spieth, and challenge him for Player of the Year honors.
Sounds crazy, right? Even crazier that it happened, and craziest of all that it happened in such a short amount of time to Australia’s Jason Day, who upped his career win total from two as of February 7, 2015, to seven by September 20 of the same year.
He won the Farmers Insurance Open in February via a four-way playoff, then played the best golf of his life over a prolonged stretch beginning in July when he won the RBC Canadian Open at 17-under, the PGA Championship at 20-under, an all-Majors record for lowest winning score, the Barclays at 19-under; a 6-stroke cushion over some of the world’s best players; and the BMW Championship, again by six strokes, starting that elite tournament with rounds of 61 and 63.
Day first took the No. 1 ranking on September 21 and has held it for six weeks in all, ending the year No. 2. He’s the third Australian to hold the No. 1 ranking, following Greg Norman and Adam Scott.