Jason will have his Day at number one, says Thomson

Tue Sep 8, 2015 6:10am EDT
 
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Jason Day's bid for the world number one ranking stalled at the Deutsche Bank Championship but it should only be a matter of time before the Australian scales the mountain, according to five-times British Open champion Peter Thomson.

Victory at Deutsche Bank would have handed Day the top ranking but the fatigued 27-year-old hit the wall at TPC Boston and finished in a tie for 12th, nine strokes behind American winner Rickie Fowler.

Day is still top of the FedExCup standings after winning the opening Barclays tournament but will stay world number three.

American Jordan Spieth takes back top spot from Rory McIlroy but only fleetingly, with the Northern Irishman to be restored to number one heading into the BMW Championship in two weeks' time due to the vagaries of the rolling two-year rankings system.

Australian Thomson, who won his five Open crowns from 1954-1965, felt Day was primed to take the number one spot but holding onto it against the likes of fellow 20-somethings McIlroy and Spieth would be a challenge.

"He'll have his turn at being number one and then probably someone else will take over for a while," the 86-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer told Reuters by telephone.

"There's a category of people in the top echelon. He's one of them.

"We had a solitary fellow when (Tiger) Woods was going at his best. It's a group we're looking at now.   Continued...

 
Sep 4, 2015; Norton, MA, USA;Jason Day hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports