Jason Day romps to Barclays victory

Edison (United States): Jason Day romped to a six-stroke victory in the Barclays on Sunday, firing an eight-under par 62 to seize the lead in the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff chase.

Jason Day with the winner's trophy  alongside his son Dash and wife Ellie. Pic/AFP
Jason Day with the winner's trophy alongside his son Dash and wife Ellie. Pic/AFP 

The Aussie, who ended a run of major heartbreak with his first Grand Slam title at the PGA Championship this month, backed up that triumph in style. He fired eight birdies without a bogey en route to a 72-hole total of 19-under 261 at Plainfield Country Club.

Masterful on the greens, Day rolled in birdie putts of 28 feet or more at the 10th, 14th and 15th in a dominant performance in the first of four tournaments in the season-ending playoffs — in which a $10 million bonus will go to the series winner after the Tour Championship in September.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson was a distant second after a 66 for 267. Stenson tried to keep things interesting, shaking off an early bogey with three straight birdies starting at the fifth, then trimming Day's four-shot lead to two after birdies at the 10th, 13th and 14th.

But Day plumped his cushion back to three strokes with a 28-foot birdie bomb at 14, and after Stenson bogeyed the par-five 16th to fall four back it was clear sailing for Day.

He didn't take his foot off the gas, rolling in a 33-foot birdie putt at 15 and draining a 10-foot birdie at the last.

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