Date: August 29, 2015
Author: Martin Blake

Day up close, Spieth loses No.1 rank

Jason Day carded a second, consecutive 68 at Plainfield Country Club near New  York to remain in contention to win the Barclays Championship on the PGA Tour today.

Day is at four-under through two rounds, three shots from the outright lead held by his playing partner, American Bubba Watson at seven-under.

The Queenslander is tied for eighth and in position to push to become the first Australian to win the Fedex Cup, the season-ending $10 million bonus. He started this week ranked second behind Jordan Spieth, but Spieth had a rare bad week, missing the cut and in the process, losing his world No.1 ranking.

Although Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy chose not to play this week, he will overtake Spieth, the reigning Emirates Australian Open champion, at the top of the world rankings when they are calibrated on Monday.

Spieth was not the only big name to suffer at Plainfield. Australia's Adam Scott (71-73) also missed the cut and will only narrowly slide into the field of 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston next week, the second of four playoff tournaments.

Scott, who has endured recent struggles, is ranked 94th of the 100 who get to play.

Queenslander Steven Bowditch is having a good week, carding a three-under 67 today to be tied-24th in the $US 8 million tournament, and Matt Jones and John Senden also made the cut. Marc Leishman is out of the weekend's play but like Scott, has enough points to squeeze into next week's event.

Meanwhile Minjee Lee (tied-29th) is the leading Australian at the LPGA's Yokahama Classic in Alabama through two rounds.