Lake Forest, Ill. — Jason Day’s easy win Sunday at the BMW Championship confirmed what his rivals have known for several weeks now: The Aussie is the best golfer on the planet.
Day’s mostly stress-free final round of 2-under 69 at Conway Farms gave him his fifth win on Tour this season and his second in the FedEx Cup playoffs and vaulted him past Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy into the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.
The Australian zoomed out to a big lead by shooting 61 and 63 in the first two rounds and was never seriously challenged after that. His 22-under total tied for the second-lowest on Tour this year and was good for a six-shot victory over rookie Daniel Berger. Scott Piercy finished third, seven strokes back.
“To be honest, I’ve had terrible sleep over the last few nights thinking about getting to No. 1, thinking about winning this tournament … because I had such a big lead and I didn’t want to give it back,” Day said.
The win also made Day the front-runner in the 30-man field heading into the series finale at East Lake in Atlanta. But it won’t help his rivals rest any easier.
“Whatever Jason Day is doing, or which course he’s playing, it’s ridiculous,” said Danny Lee, who’s at No. 19.
If Day manages a win in Atlanta, it could make the race for Player of the Year considerably closer than anyone expected after Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open and appeared to lock up the award.
But Day’s play since the British Open — he won the PGA Championship for his first major and his 101-under par in seven starts since — has narrowed the gap.
And when Rickie Fowler was asked to pick between the two, he replied “I’m glad it’s not my decision” — forgetting that he’ll have to cast a ballot at season’s end.
Hicks, Gillis move up
Chez Reavie won the Web.com Tour Finals’ Small Business Connection Championship by a stroke Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card.
Meanwhile, Justin Hicks (Grosse Ile) shot 70 for a 9-under 279 to tie for 12th with Tom Gillis (Lake Orion), who shot 72. They are tied for 12th on the Web.com money list with two tournaments to play. The top 25 players earn a PGA Tour card.
Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open winner, made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and 15-under 273 total at River Run in Davidson, N.C. The 33-year-old former Arizona State player, who finished 166th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, earned $180,000 to push his series total to $203,000.
“It feels good to win again,” said Reavie, five strokes behind leaders Eric Axley and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo entering the round.
Reavie played the PGA Tour this season on a major medical extension following surgery on his left wrist.
Grillo (72), Jamie Lovemark (67) and Steve Marino (68) tied for second. They each earned $74,667.
U.S. stuns Europe
After being infuriated by a call they found unsportsmanlike, the Americans staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history Sunday to wrest the trophy back from Europe.
Paula Creamer defeated Germany’s Sandra Gal to complete the turnaround and secure a 141/2-131/2 victory for the United States, which had trailed by four points going into the singles at St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
The match turned after American rookie Alison Lee was penalized for picking up the ball when she thought her putt was conceded in the morning fourballs, which had been suspended on Saturday.