Jason Day has accepted a challenge from Greg Norman to surpass the Shark’s 331-week mark as the number one ranked golfer in the world. If our math suffices, it would mean that Day would have to hold the position for 322 more weeks.
Day’s talent, drive, determination and that seemingly uncanny ability that the world’s top golfers have of making crucial putts when the stakes are high should serve him well in the quest to remain number one and put some breathing space between himself and those in the chase.
Closer in sight is Adam Scott’s mark of 11 weeks atop the rankings.
Day will need to compress a lot of quality golf into a short time, as the PGA Tour has modified its schedule to allow for the two-week chunk that the Rio Olympics will create in the routine.
Day also has to deal with some chasers who can apply pressure unlike anything with which Norman dealt. Both Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have witnessed the view from the top and they are both capable of making championship golf courses look like pitch-and-putts when they get hot.
Norman’s longest consecutive stint was for 96 weeks, almost three years, in 1995-97. Day was number one for one week in September of the 2015 season and then again for three weeks in November as he concluded one of the most impressive displays of golf seen in many years.