Day wins FedExCup opener The Barclays by six shots

Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:55pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Red-hot PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia romped to victory at The Barclays on Sunday, winning the opening event of the lucrative FedExCup Series by a whopping six strokes.

World number three Day reeled off eight birdies in a bogey-free final round 62 for a 19-under-par 261 total at Plainfield Country Club for his third victory in his last four starts.

A distant second on 13-under was Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who posted a 66, while two-times Masters winner Bubba Watson (69) finished third, eight strokes off the pace.

Day's dominating victory lifted the Australian into the conversation of top golfer of the year, particularly after Masters and U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth relinquished the top ranking to Rory McIlroy when he missed The Barclays cut.

"I'm just trying to improve each and every week but it's been a special summer for me and it's not over," Day told CBS in a greenside interview after rolling in his final birdie putt at the 18th.

"To be able to play the way I did over the weekend here was fantastic. Today was just phenomenal golf. I'm ecstatic and looking forward to next week," added Day, who fired a 63 on Saturday to share the third-round lead.

Since missing cuts at the Players Championship and the Memorial Tournament in June, Day has been a force on the course.

The 27-year-old tied for ninth at the U.S. Open despite suffering from a vertigo attack that caused him to collapse on the final hole of the second round at Chambers Bay.   Continued...

Aug 30, 2015; Edison, NJ, USA;  Jason Day tees off at the 2nd hole during the final round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club.  Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports