Sep 01, 2015

    Day bags Barclays with 6-stroke win


    JASON Day romped to a six-stroke victory in the Barclays on Sunday, firing an eight-under par 62 to seize the lead in the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-off chase.

    The Aussie, who won his first Grand Slam title at the PGA Championship this month, backed up that triumph in style.

    He fired eight birdies without a bogey en route to a 72-hole total of 19-under 261 at Plainfield Country Club.

    Masterful on the greens, Day rolled in birdie putts of 8.5m or more at the 10th, 14th and 15th in a dominant performance in the first of four tournaments in the season-ending playoffs - in which a US$10 million (S$14 million) bonus will go to the series winner after the Tour Championship this month.

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson was a distant second after a 66 for 267. He tried to keep things interesting, shaking off an early bogey with three straight birdies starting at the fifth, then trimming Day's four-shot lead to two after birdies at the 10th, 13th and 14th.

    But Day plumped his cushion back to three strokes with a 8.5m birdie bomb at 14, and after Stenson bogeyed the par-five 16th to fall four back, it was clear sailing for Day.

    He didn't take his foot off the gas, rolling in a 10m birdie putt at 15 and draining a 3m birdie at the last.

    "I'm just trying to improve each and every week," Day said. "To be able to play the way I did over the weekend here was fantastic. Today was just phenomenal golf." Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was alone in third after a 69 for 269.

    Bae Sang-Moon of South Korea, who shared the overnight lead with Day, made a promising start with a birdie at the second, but bogeyed five of his next eight to see his challenge end.

    He carded a two-over 72 to share sixth place on 271 along with Americans Daniel Summerhays (66) and Ryan Palmer (70).

    Day, who narrowly missed out on reaching a play-off at the British Open, has won three titles since - the Canadian Open along with the PGA and the Barclays.

    He had won at Torrey Pines in February, and has now matched Jordan Spieth's four US tour titles this season.

    Since 2010, the only other players to post four or more wins in a season are Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.