By Ben & Everill
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Jason Day claimed his fourth victory in six starts & 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 complete 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.
p> American Scott Piercy (70) was third at 15-under with Rickie Fowler (69), Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (70) & JB Holmes (68) sharing fourth at 14-under.
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 & the opening playoff event, The Barclays, prior to this triumph.
He led by as many as seven & by no less than four in the final round & faced no serious challenge as he played conservatively throughout.
Day becomes the third Australian to reach world number one, following Greg Norman & Adam Scott.
He now heads to the 30-man, season-ending Tour Championship in top spot on the FedExCup points list, ensuring a win at East Lake Golf Club would see him claim a $10 million bonus.
Masters & U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, Fowler, Henrik Stenson of Sweden & Bubba Watson will moreover control their fate next week in Atlanta by holding spots in the top five of the points list.
(Editing by Larry Fine)
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