Jason Day fires off stunning round to win The Barclays
IN A display reminiscent of Tiger Woods in his heyday, Jason Day gave his rivals no chance with an almost-flawless final round of eight-under par 62 to win The Barclays by six shots.
It was the third victory in his last four starts for the 27-year-old Australian, who has overtaken young American Jordan Spieth as the hottest player in the game.
As well as pocketing $2.08 million for winning the tournament, Day also jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, putting him in line to claim the $14 million bonus for the player who ends the series as the overall points leader.
As Woods was when he dominated the game, Day has seemingly become the player to beat at every tournament he contests.
After finishing in a tie for fourth at the British Open in July, he has won the Canadian Open by a single stroke, the PGA Championship by five, and now The Barclays.
He is a combined 59-under-par in his last four events, and shot a staggering 15-under in the last 36 holes at The Barclays to finish on 19-under.
Dual Masters champion Bubba Watson, British Open winner Zach Johnson and 2013 FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson were among the chasers on the final 18 holes at the Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, but Day gave them no chance with a bogey-free round that included some sensational putting.
Stenson, who started the final round two shots behind, and shot a four-under-par 66 to finish outright second on 13-under, said the Aussie was clearly the No.1 player in the world right now.
"He's full of confidence and playing great golf. He's been the best player in the world the last couple months," the Swede said.
Stenson also said golf was a "easy game" when you were in "the zone", an assessment Day wasn't buying into.
"Even though it may look easy, it's not easy," the Queenslander said.
"I'm still nervous. I still had thoughts on the front nine, 'am I going to win it?' Things pop in. I'm a human, just like everyone else."
Apart from Day's dominance, the highlight of the final round was the two holes-in-one scored by American left-hander Brian Harman.
The odds of making two aces in a single round for a Tour player are rated about one-in-67 million. The feat has been achieved just three times on the PGA Tour, the last by Yusaku Miyazato in the second round of the Renoe-Tahoe Open in 2006.
Just five Australians are left in the chase for the FedEx Cup after former world No.1 Adam Scott dropped out of contention at The Barclays.
The top 100 players on the points list are eligible for this week's second event of the series, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
Apart from Day, Steven Bowditch (20), Matt Jones (57), Marc Leishman (61) and John Senden (81) are all still chasing a slice of the $49 million playoff bonus prize money.