Jason Day’s hold on the world number one golf ranking appears to be tenuous, pointing out the ferocity of the competition at the professional level, as on balance, Day has not been doing all that badly in the current season.
Day expressed his determination not to surrender the top spot and he has in the past proven to be a clutch performer, so much so that the American Ryder Cup selectors feel extremely fortunate that Day does not qualify to participate in the series.
Yet, despite solid play and seeing his name around the top of leaderboards on multiple occasions this season, should 2016 U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson win the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club this weekend, and Day finish lower than tied third, Johnson will wrest the ranking out of Day’s grip.
Hotter than molten lava Hideki Matsuyama is also a threat to Day’s ranking, but he would have to win for the sixth time in his last 10 appearances, and Day finish lower than tied 24th.
Day, despite finishing fifth in last week’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is being hotly pursued for the number one ranking, even though it carries no monetary incentive and is more a matter of personal pride than anything else, with the primary goal being a measure of how many weeks a player can retain the top spot.