Beautiful Days: 2015 has been a career-year for Fil-Aussie Jason Day
Santino Honasan on Sep 21, 2015 12:29 PM
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
When 2015 rolled in, Jason Day was ranked at eighth in the world.
At that point, the 27-year old Filipino-Australian had won only two PGA Tour tournaments, the wins coming almost four years apart. Day took home the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, and then and the WGC-Accenture Match Play title in 2014.
It wouldn’t be until another year later, in February of 2015, that Day would win his third major tournament, the Farmers Insurance Open. The win would push Day up to fourth in the world.
The rest of the year wouldn’t be as kind to Day though, as he would only make the top five in three of his next ten tournaments, even missing the cut in The Players Championship and the Memorial Tournament. During this time, Day’s World Ranking dropped from fourth to as low as tenth. It was also around this time that a 22-year old kid from Texas by the name of Jordan Spieth was taking over the sport.
For most of 2015 so far, Spieth has been number two in the world, behind only Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, but it wouldn’t take long before Day would throw his name into the conversation of the world’s best golfers today.
In late July, Day would go on to win the RBC Canadian Open, his second major win of the year, with a one-stroke lead over American Bubba Watson.
As it turns out, Day was just gathering steam.
The month of August would see the son of an Irish-Australian and a Tacloban native claim two more major tournament wins, namely the PGA Championship, where he beat out Spieth, and The Barclays tournament.
After claming his fourth win of the season, Day was already being talked about as one of golf’s newest big three, along with Spieth and McIlroy.
From number eight to number three in the world in a matter of months is an impressive feat on its own, but why stop there?
Sunday, Day won the BMW Championships. This was his fifth major tournament win of the season, more than doubling his career wins in just 2015 alone, after finishing with a six-stroke lead over Daniel Berger of the USA.
Not only has he won five tournaments this season, but Day’s most recent win has moved him up to number one in the world, replacing McIlroy and surpassing Spieth.
As it stands, Day joins legends Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh as the only players in the last 20 years to win five or more times in the PGA Tour, and with still a handful of major tournaments left in the year, Day has all the momentum in the world to end 2015 at number one and cement the best year of his career, so far.
Day is only 27, and if his current surge is any indication of the future, he’s got many beautiful days ahead.