Jason Day Could Become World No. 1 With Win at Deutsche Bank

Jason Day Could Become World No. 1 With Win at Deutsche Bank

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Jason Day, of Australia, holds up the trophy after winning The Barclays Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Edison, N.J.
AP Photo/Mel Evans

If two is good, why not three?

What once seemed like a two-horse race to be the No. 1-ranked player in the world between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy is now a three-headed competition after Jason Day won The Barclays Sunday.

The 27-year-old Australian began the week as the No. 3 golfer in the world, but after Spieth missed the cut and McIlroy elected not to compete, Day’s third victory in four starts pushed him closer than ever to the top spot. Day will supplant both of them if he wins this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship and Spieth and McIroy both fail to finish in the top three.

If it happens, Day will be No. 1 for the first time in his career and would be the third Australian to claim the top spot, following in the footsteps of Adam Scott and Greg Norman.

Nonetheless, for the immediate future, the number one spot is very much in flux. Spieth held it for just two weeks after his second place finish at the PGA Championship, before relinquishing it back to McIlroy, who held it for 54 weeks prior. This is now McIlroy’s sixth stint as the world No. 1. 

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