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Day Eyes No. 1 Ranking, Mahan Hopes To Continue Streak

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Jason Day may have siphoned the drama out of Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship but that doesn’t mean there aren’t mini-dramas to play out at soggy Conway Farms.

Day leads Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger by six strokes with 18 holes to play, and if he wins for the fourth time in his last six starts he will ascend to No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time.

“You kind of have to look at Jason as an outlier, don’t have to worry about him, there’s another tournament going on and he’s in control of whatever he’s doing,” said Rickie Fowler, who is tied for fifth but eight strokes behind Day.

Most of the 30 tickets to the Tour Championship at East Lake already have been punched, but not all of them.

One of the guys trying to play his way to Atlanta is Hunter Mahan, who is the only player to have made it to the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup playoffs began in 2007. Right now, Mahan is outside the top 30 but he’s not out of chances.

Mahan was 71st in points when the playoffs began and he’s played well enough that if he can put a low number on the board Sunday, he might slide into East Lake again despite a season that’s been flat by his standards.

“I’m going to be aggressive. I have to be aggressive and make birdies and play well and maybe force something down the stretch a little bit. I either make it or go home,” Mahan said.

Mahan is tied for 18th and the way he understands it, he needs to finish in a tie for fourth or better to extend his Tour Championship streak.

“I’m very proud of it,” Mahan said. “It’s cool since it’s the beginning of it. You might have a run later on, (Jordan) Spieth and Day might go 20 years but to have that first run is kind of neat.”

Mahan, who became a father for the second time in February, said he spent this season trying to recover from an offseason when he didn’t put in the work he needed to be ready.

“Life happens and you have to adjust,” Mahan said. “I didn’t prepare for it as well as I needed to. I didn’t have a great offseason.

“I think having my son showed me that a little bit. I’ve played 12 years now and you get comfortable with things. It’s not that you lose motivation but you just lose focus on getting better. I just didn’t do that.”


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