|WORLD’S NUMBER ONE GOLFER Australian-Filipino Jason Day with Filipina mother Dening (from her Facebook)
SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO, September 22, 2015 – Filipino-Australian Jason Day handily captured on September 20 the BMW Championship at the Conway Farms course in Lake Forrest, Illinois to vault to the No. 1 spot in the world ranking in golf.
The victory of Day sent Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the United States and in Australia led by his mother Dening who originally came from Carigara, Leyte in a frenzy just like when he won the PGA Tournament in US in August. They joined Australians who celebrated his win and becoming only the third Australian to capture the top spot in golf.
Veteran sports writer Miguel Genovea reported Day first broke into the world’s top ten in June 2011, rising to world number nine after his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
After an awesome performance in the first two rounds, Day steadily carded two consecutive 2-under par 69s over the weekend for a 22-under 262, a clear six strokes over runner-up American Daniel Berger (69) who had 268 overall.
For 27-year-old Day, it was his second victory in the FedEx Cup series, his 5th in the season and 7th in his career. He will also walk to the bank with the top purse of $8.25 million.
With the victory, Jason jumped past Rory McIlroy of Ireland and Jordan Spieth of the United States to claim the world’s top golf rating.
The final leg of the FedEx Cup four-tournament series will end at East Lake in Atlanta next week, with the player garnering the highest points will get an additional bonus of $10 million. Day is ahead of the pack at this point.
Another American, Scott Piercy, had 2-under 70 in the final round for a 15-under 269 for third place.
Rory McIlroy (70), Rickie Fowler (69) and J.B. Holmes (68) tied for 4th place with 14-under 270.
Tied for 4th place with 14-under 270 total were Dustin Johnson (70), Hideki Matsuyama (66) and Cameron Tringale (70).
Jordan Spieth, winner of two major titles season, had 2-under 70 Sunday for 273 total, tying five other players for 13th place.
“The way I feel about my game, confidence level has been the highest I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Day said.
“Its been an amazing kind of run for me, and now it just tops it off even better to get to number one in the world,” Day added as saying in an ABS-CBN report.
Only last August, Malacañang lauded Day, a Filipino-Australian, after he won the 2015 PGA Championship in the United States.
“Tunay na maipagmamalaki ng Pilipinas ang kampeon na si Jason Day,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
Day’s mother is a Filipina from Leyte province. The golfer’s grandmother and seven other relatives were among those who perished during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Day lost his father Alvin to cancer during his early teenage years. It was his late father who encouraged him to play golf.
Just like many of the storylines of toughness and triumph, Day’s victory in Wisconsin is one that embodies the resilience that is distinctly Filipino, according to a report.
“I felt a lot of pressure over the last two days, especially today just knowing I had a six shot lead,” Day said.
“Yesterday and today were probably the toughest rounds I’ve ever had to play in my entire life,” he added.
It is the seventh tour win for Day, the fifth of the season after winning the Farmers Insurance Open, the Canadian Open, his maiden major at the PGA Championship and the opening playoff event, The Barclays, prior to this triumph.
He led by as many as seven and by no less than four in the final round and faced no serious challenge as he played conservatively throughout.
Day becomes the third Australian to reach world number one, following Greg Norman and Adam Scott.
“Knowing that right now there’s no one on this planet that’s better than me, that’s pretty cool,” Day said.
“That out of all the golfers that are in the world playing right now, that I’m the best. It’s such a good feeling,” he said as quoted by ABS-CBN in a report.