With only the top 70 golfers on the PGA Tour qualifying for the 2015 BMW Championship, there was no cut to worry about as the players took to the first tee. Played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, this was the third of four FedEx Cup play-off events.
The course was designed around the traditions of a Scottish links course and with plenty of fescue, keeping the ball straight is a key ingredient for success at Conway Farms.
Right from the first round, it was Australia’s Jason Day who took control of the tournament. Having finished T4 at the 2015 Open Championship, Day went on to claim the RBC Canadian Open and then the holy grail of his first major title, at the PGA Championship. Just two weeks later, Day claimed The Barclays and despite looking tired at the Deutsche Bank Championship, it was little surprise to see the Australian start well.
However, with a field including the likes of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Zach Johnson, this was going to be a real test of Day’s credentials as the potential number one golfer in the world.
Day didn’t disappoint, opening up a four shot lead on a group of players tied for second, including Spieth, Bubba Watson and Daniel Berger. Day’s round of 61 could have been even better, as he had a chance of recording only the seventh round of 59 in PGA Tour history. However, the opportunity of that record slipping away did not concern him, as Day then took to the course in the afternoon to card an almost equally impressive 63.
While Dustin Johnson bettered that by one stroke and it was matched by the likes of Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Brendon Todd, Day’s contemporaries were already comparing his play to that of Tiger Woods in his pomp. Perhaps it was the eagle at the final hole of his second round, which opened up a five shot lead that drew this comparison.
As the tournament reached the half-way stage, it appeared as though Day had already done the hard work and that proved to be the case. A round of two under on Saturday, was enough for Day to take a six shot lead in to the final round and by claiming a birdie on the 18th, he finished the tournament with that lead intact. Not only had Jason Day won the 2015 BMW Championship, he was now officially the best golfer on Tour.