Inside the Numbers: Jason Day's Keys to Victory at the Barclays
Day was a force on the course and in the stat book, topping the field in several key categories including greens in regulation (60 of 72), strokes gained putting, total strokes gained and all around ranking. If that wasn't good enough, Day also ranked 2nd in birdies (21), 2nd in ball striking, and 2nd in scrambling, getting up and down on nine of the 12 greens he missed. The win also guarantees the 27-year old a top-five points ranking heading into the Tour Championship, meaning that he controls his own destiny and will win the FedEx Cup with a victory at East Lake.
Day is the tenth player to win both a major championship and a FedEx Cup playoff event during their career, and just the fourth to do it in the same season, joining Adam Scott (2013 Masters Tournament, The Barclays), Rory McIlroy (2012 PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship), and Tiger Woods (2007 PGA Championship, BMW Championship, TOUR Championship.)
Day’s 8-under 62 on Sunday was the lowest final round score by a winner on Tour this season, supplanting 63s posted by Jim Furyk (RBC Heritage), Robert Streb (McGladrey Classic) and Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii). The last winner to go lower was Tommy Gainey at the 2012 McGladrey, which he won with a final round 60. What's more, Day played the final 36-holes in a total of 125 strokes, matching a Tour record shared by just four other players all time.
In his last five PGA Tour starts, Day has been under par in 19 of 20 rounds—and even par in the other one— while posting scores in the 60s 17 times for an overall combined score of 73-under par.
Jordan Spieth may have owned the first half of the season, but the second half belongs to Day. In his six events starting with the U.S. Open, Day has earned $5,150,770. Divide that by the number of shots he has taken (1,631), and you get $3,158.04 per stroke—otherwise known as a very productive summer.