Day eager to avoid lousy end to PGA season

Jason Day could miss the Tour Championship and the eight automatic qualifiers for the Presidents Cup if he does not have a hot weekend at the BMW Championship.

17-Aug-2019 By Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press
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Jason Day faces a weekend fight to avoid an embarrassing end to his US PGA Tour season at the BMW Championship in Chicago.

With a lowly 50th FedEx Cup points rank, Day is staring down the possibility of missing next week's Tour Championship for the first time in seven years.

The former world No.1 is also in danger of missing out on the top eight qualifiers for the Presidents Cup.

After a one-under 71 in the second round at Chicago's Medinah Country Club, Day sits at three-under-par and nine shots back of 36-hole leader Hideki Matsuyama.

Matsuyama smashed Medinah's course record by two shots during a nine-under 63 to top the leaderboard at 12-under.

Day needs at least a share of fourth place at the BMW to climb into the top 30 on the FedEx standings and avoid missing the play-offs finale for the first time since 2012.

"My ultimate goal is to get to Tour Champs; I need to get myself in contention somehow this weekend," Day told AAP.

"It's been a long and frustrating year; especially on the greens. My putting has not as good as it normally is."

Day is also ninth on the International team standings for The Presidents Cup in December, and the eight automatic qualifiers are finalised after the conclusion of the BMW.

Day requires at least a finish of 19th this week to climb back into the eight top eight on the International team standings.

It would be humbling for Day to require a captain's pick given he has regularly been the top-ranked player on the International team in four appearances at the biennial teams event.

"I'm not even worrying about (The Presidents Cup) right now; I need to get myself somewhere into the mix here at the BMW," Day said.

"It's unfortunate that I'm in this position, but I want to get on the team any way I can.

"Obviously, my preference would be to earn it and give our team the best shot at winning."


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