Day wins BMW, becomes world number one

Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:11am EDT
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By Ben Everill

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) - Jason Day claimed his fourth victory in six starts and surged to the world number one ranking after going wire-to-wire to win the BMW Championship by six shots on Sunday.

The Australian closed out his tournament with a two-under-par 69 to finish at 22-under 262 at Conway Farms, six clear of American rookie Daniel Berger (69) in the third of the PGA Tour's four FedExCup playoff events.

American Scott Piercy (70) was third at 15-under with Rickie Fowler (69), Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (70) and JB Holmes (68) sharing fourth at 14-under.

"The way I feel about my game, confidence level has been the highest I've ever had in my entire life," Day said.

"Its been an amazing kind of run for me, and now it just tops it off even better to get to number one in the world.

"I felt a lot of pressure over the last two days, especially today just knowing I had a six shot lead.

"Yesterday and today were probably the toughest rounds I've ever had to play in my entire life."

It is the seventh tour win for Day, the fifth of the season after winning the Farmers Insurance Open, the Canadian Open, his maiden major at the PGA Championship and the opening playoff event, The Barclays, prior to this triumph.   Continued...

Sep 20, 2015; Lake Forest, IL, USA; PGA golfer Jason Day poses with the trophy after winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports