Jason Day’s victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines has lifted him to number 4 in the World Golf Rankings. With Adam Scott slipping to 5, since being displaced as the best golfer in the world last year by Rory McIlroy, Day is now the highest ranked and form Australian heading into what promises to be one of the most hotly contested years on the PGA Tour.
Day finished his 72nd hole tied at -9 with Americans, Scott Stalling, Harris English and J B Holmes. The Torrey Pines layout, just outside of San Diego, proved to be one of the toughest tests seen in recent years and measuring over 7000 metres, the course separated those with the power games from the rest of the field.
The four man playoff was reduced to a two man battle after just one hole, with Day and Holmes making birdie, while Stallings and English could only manage par. A solid tee shot and regulation two putt par on the second playoff hole, the Par 3 16th gave Jason Day his 7th professional victory and his first since he took out the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in 2014.
This ominous form so early in the season will see Day start as one of the favourites to take out the years first major, The US Masters, beginning on April 9. 2013 winner Adam Scott will once again be a force to reckon with, as will last year’s champion, Bubba Watson.
With some great results at the Masters in previous years including 2nd place in 2011 and 2013, this could very well be the year that Jason Day grabs his first major title and becomes the second Australian to win the coveted Green Jacket.Return