In 2007 a 19-year-old Jason Day turned professional and made the bold pronouncement that he was working on taking the world no. 1 ranking from Tiger Woods. The response was mostly critical. How dare this no-name kid, who had done nothing to prove himself, utter such a brazen declaration? Day went on to have seven solid seasons on tour, which included seven runner-up finishes, including three at majors, but until taking home five trophies this year, he only had two titles.
Perhaps it didn’t happen as soon as he might have thought, but after capturing his fourth victory in his last six starts with relative ease at the BMW Championship on Sunday, Day has now reached no. 1 in the world.