FedExCup spotlight: Jason DayAUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14: Jason Day of Australia reacts after hitting the ball out of the bunker for an eagle on the second hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)May 14, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
Good form and great course history converge this week for Jason Day at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The Aussie has finished first, fifth and tied for ninth the last three seasons at TPC Four Seasons carding an aggregate score of 16 under with eight below-par rounds. Not too shabby considering the course has ranked inside the top 15 toughest on TOUR and played to an over-par average in each of those years.
Though his 2010 triumph at TPC Four Seasons remains his lone TOUR victory, Day is viewed as one of the fastest rising stars in golf.
He’s racked up 11 top 10s in big-FedExCup-point events (Playoffs, PLAYERS, World Golf Championships, majors) over the last three seasons. Those numbers include three top-3 finishes in majors and four top-6 finishes in Playoff events where FedExCup points are at their highest.
Day is off to a solid start in 2013, making the cut in each of his starts to push his consecutive cuts-made streak to push his streak of cuts made to 14 -- fifth best on TOUR. Day added a top-20 finish at THE PLAYERS last week to his four previous top-25 finishes on the year and settled in at No. 16 in this week’s FedExCup standings.
Moving forward, Day has plenty of great opportunities to make a move with this week’s event, the AT&T National (where he’s posted back-to-back top 10s), three majors and a WGC on the horizon before he enters the Playoffs.
Day has found a way to improve his FedExCup standing each season he’s qualified for the Playoffs and, with his early-season form being so strong, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do the same this year and put himself in position to become the first Australian to win the FedExCup.
Day's FedExCup finishes 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 N/A 83rd 48th 8th 12th 87th FedExCup highlights • Day has competed in 15 of 20 Playoff events since he joined the TOUR in 2008 carding nine top-25 and four top-10 finishes. • He peaked at No. 4 in the standings following his tie for second at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. • Day won the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship to set up a career-best eighth-place FedExCup finish. • He has improved his FedExCup standings in the Playoffs each year he's qualified • Strong in the biggest events, Day has seven top-10 finishes (in 19 starts) in PGA TOUR Season events that award more than 500 FedExCup points to the winner since 2011. Day's HP Byron Nelson results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before HPBNC result Points earned FedExCup after 2010 136th Won 500 23rd 2011 25th 5th 110 23rd 2012 109th T9 67.83 93rd