Jason Day says it’s mind-blowing to have bettered Greg Norman in becoming the first Australian golfer to win four times in a season on the US PGA Tour in 42 years.
Day’s six-stroke triumph at The Barclays, the first event of the tour’s season-ending FedExCup playoff series, follows his successes at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Canadian Open and this month’s US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Not since Bruce Crampton in 1973 has an Australian been so prolific on the world’s most competitive tour in one season.
Norman, who amassed 90 professional wins worldwide, twice managed three victories in America in a single season – in 1986 and 1995 – but never four.
“Thinking about it, I mean, it’s just fantastic,” said a beaming Day after firing a blistering final-round 62 at Plainfield Country Club to decimate the field on Sunday.
“I’ve always wanted to be one of the best Australian golfers. I didn’t know I had the opportunity to win major championships, like I have just recently.
“But to be able to put my name in the likes of Adam Scott, Greg Norman, Bruce Crampton … not there with Peter Thomson yet, but it’s just an amazing feeling.
“We’re a small nation, not many people. Big bloody island. It’s amazing the amount of golfers that they bring out, just sportsmen, sportswomen. We’re a great sporting nation.
“It’s kind of fun to be able to go down as one of the best.
“(But) I’m not done yet, so hopefully I can be…the best that has come out of Australia.”
After being know as golf’s nearly man, Day has exploded since the US Open in June when, despite suffering from a vertigo attack, the 27-year-old shared the lead into the final round.
He also led the British Open after round three before winning from of his past four starts.
“The last six weeks, they’ve been crazy – US Open, The Open Championship, you mix that in with three other wins,” Day said.
“The good thing about it is it’s not over.”
With three playoff events to come in 2015, including the Deutsche Bank Championship starting on Thursday in Boston and the Tour Championship in Georgia from September 24, Day has the chance to equal – and eclipse – the five wins in a season by Australian Jim Ferrier in 1951.
With his 2015 prize money already totalling $US7,551,205 ($A10.56 million) Day is also set to smash the record for most earnings by an Australian in a single season on the US Tour.
And that won’t even count an additional cheque for anywhere between $US1 million ($A1.40 million) and $US10 million ($A13.98 million) at the end of the season as FedExCup bonuses don’t count in official earnings.