The new World No. 1 claimed his fifth win of the year with a runaway victory at Conway Farms.
Day began his wire-to-wire win with a 61 on Thursday, his best score on Tour to date, and the lowest opening round mark by a winner since Phil Mickelson posted a 60 in Round 1 of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The Aussie star dominated on the Conway Farms course and in the stat book, topping the field in driving distance, strokes gained tee-to-green, strokes gained total, birdie average and all-around ranking.
Day is just the fifth player in the last 35 years to win five or more PGA Tour events in a single season, joining Vijay Singh (nine wins in 2004), Nick Price (six in 1994), Tom Watson (seven in 1980), and Tiger Woods, who won five or more tournaments in ten different seasons. He’s also just the third player to win a major and two FedEx Cup playoff events in the same year, joining Rory McIlroy (2012 PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank and BMW Championship) and Tiger Woods (2007 PGA Championship, BMW Championship and Tour Championship.)
In 28 rounds since the start of the British Open, Day is 101 strokes under par, equal to 3.6 under per round. He’s also posted 142 birdies, or just under 5.1 birdies per round, and has shot in the 60s in 22 of his last 24 rounds played.
One reason for Day’s recent dominance? In his last seven starts, the 27-year-old has hit nearly 75% of his greens in regulation. In comparison, Henrik Stenson leads the PGA Tour at 73.61% for the season, while Day ranks 6th at 71.16%.