Jason Day hopes a charge to a US PGA Tour FedEx Cup title can add some gloss to a rollercoaster season.
Jason Day has labelled the FedEx Cup title golf’s grand final and has set his sights on being the first Australian to win the season-long points race.
Despite winning twice in the last 10 months, world No.9 Day is far from content going into the US PGA Tour playoffs starting on Thursday.
Injury and illness conspired against Day after he claimed the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in February, leaving his preparations for the four majors underdone.
His best has rarely been on full display since but he still managed to finish tied fourth at the US Open in June and to contend heavily at the recent US PGA Championship.
After a full practice schedule over the last fortnight, the 26-year-old Queenslander is itching to create history, starting with the opening event of the month-long playoffs, the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
“To be able to win it all in a year like this, with the way I started but with the frustrations in the middle, it would just be amazing to come home strong that way,” Day told AAP.
“The FedEx Cup is young in its history but there will be a time when people look back and are impressed by former champions just like Olympic medals and majors.
“It is always cool to be part of history and it will always be a pretty exclusive club.
“It is like our Super Bowl or Stanley Cup, or for those back home a premiership or grand final.”
The top 125 players on the US tour, including 10 Australians, start their quest to be among the 30 players remaining who get to play the Tour Championship in Atlanta where the season points winner will claim a $US10 million ($A10.82 million) bonus and the FedEx Cup.
Defending Barclays champion Adam Scott (15th), leads the way with John Senden (26th), Marc Leishman (27th), Day (34th), Matt Jones (40th), Steven Bowditch (52nd), Geoff Ogilvy (90th), Stuart Appleby (98th), Aaron Baddeley (102nd) and Robert Allenby (125th) all ready to rumble.
With only the top 100 making it through to week two, Ogilvy, Appleby, Baddeley and Allenby are under pressure to perform or perish this week.
Day says a few solid putting sessions have eased tensions he was feeling on the greens at the PGA Championship.
“The biggest thing is probably getting off to a good start here because it is four big weeks in a row and you can get a jump on guys before it becomes more of a grind,” said Day.
“It is a real battle of managing your game and body over the next month and it will really show who has not only the skill but also the endurance.
FEDEX CUP WINNERS
2007: Tiger Woods (USA)
2008: Vijay Singh (Fiji)
2009: Tiger Woods (USA)
2010: Jim Furyk (USA)
2011: Bill Haas (USA)
2012: Brandt Snedeker (USA)
2013: Henrik Stenson (Sweden)