Date: September 06, 2015
Author: Martin Blake

Jones soars, Day’s bid is alive


Jason Day's shot at the No.1 ranking remains alive, while Matt Jones has put himself into position to progress farther in the US PGA Tour playoffs.

Jones, the 30-year-old Sydneysider who has carved a strong living out in America without much fanfare in recent years, is the leading Australian at the Deutsche Bank Championship through two rounds, at eight-under par after a pair of 67s.

He began the second playoff tournament ranked 57th in the Fedex Cup points race; as of now he is projected to leap to No. 27.

If he can retain that ranking it would not only get him into the next round, the BMW Championship, but among the top 30 who will contest the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

As for Day, he carded yet another sub-70 round, a three-under par 68, to go into the third round in a tie for 10th. He is six shots off the lead held by American Charley Hoffman, who blazed a brilliant 63 today.

But the signs are not bad for Day, who needs a win and some help from Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth this week to finally reach world No. 1.

Spieth is off form; the American missed a second consecutive cut after carding 75-73 at TPC Boston.

"I need to walk with some cockiness in my step these next two tournaments," Spieth said. "I don't think I have to fix much in my game other than really work hard on my putting into Conway and then mentally I can control that. I can control walking with the cockiness, whether things are going good or bad, and that's what you have to have inside the ropes. And I'll bring it when we get to Chicago.”

McIlroy, the current world No. 1, has been rusty and is tied-59th after rounds of 70-74.

Of the other Australians, Marc Leishman and Steven Bowditch missed the cut, although Bowditch has enough points to progress to Chicago.

John Senden carded a 69 to put himself into the weekend's play, but he needs a good final two rounds to take his season into another tournament, projected 90th on the standings.

Only the top 70 get to Chicago for the next round.