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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 BMW Championship

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: After an insane round of singles play, the US team came back to win the Solheim Cup 14.5-13.5 on the LPGA; Rikard Karlberg won the 72° OPEN D’ITALIA on the ET; Chez Reavie won the Small Business Connection Championship on the Tour; Jason Millard won the Freedom 55 Financial Championship on the MACKENZIE TOUR-PGA TOUR Canada; Mitch Krywulycz won the Volvo Colombian Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Vicky Hurst won the Garden City Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour; and Ha-Neul Kim won the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Jason and caddie Colin

Jason Day got himself a "twofer" on Sunday. He not only held on to the #1 spot in the FedExCup rankings, he also snagged the #1 in the OWGR -- a dream he's had for quite a while, and he becomes the youngest Australian ever to hold that position.

It was just another record he has set in his run to the top over the last three months or so. For example, he's now won four of his last six starts; in the last 20 years, only Tiger (10 times) and Vijay (in 2004) have pulled off that feat. And the BMW makes it five wins for him in 2015 -- not a record, of course, but more than anybody else on Tour has this year. I'll have more to say about such things in the next couple of days, since the debate over whether there's a real Player of the Year race now may have to be taken seriously.

In the meantime, it appears that Tiger was right to take Jason "under his wing" and try to help him get over the major hump. I don't believe "floodgates open" just because you get a win at a certain time in your development, but his RBC Canadian Open win certainly did something special for Jason. The term "torrid" comes to mind when I think about this performance streak. 
(With all apologies to Jordan Spieth, I think Jordan's own struggles after a prolonged stretch of high finishes proves that even the best players rack up wins in streaks. Even Tiger periodically had events where he didn't perform as well as usual. That's just part of being human.) 
At any rate, Jason Day has now won two of the three FedExCup events played thus far. Can he make it three out of four and take the FedExCup as well? We'll find out in another week... but in the meantime, here's yet another Limerick Summary to tickle Jason's fancy while he prepares for the last event:
The Man from Down Under’s on top!
He ran up the rankings non-stop
And he’s reached Number One—
Plus, his club-wielding son
Might win ten million bucks with old Pop!
The photo came from the tournament news page at

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