Day won The Barclays, his fourth tournament of the year, on Sunday evening, and though his status in the world rankings remains at No. 3, arguments could be made that he’s currently the best player on the PGA Tour.
The Republican presidential candidate, whose relationship with the PGA Tour is extensive, appeared at the first FedEx Cup playoff event in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon.
Day won his first major championship earlier this month, and he built on that momentum with a six-shot victory that will assure he’ll be among the top five players fighting for the FedEx Cup in late September.
Spieth shot a 4-over-par 74 in the opening round of The Barclays on Thursday, including a pair of three-putt bogeys, a 40 on the back nine and a tee shot that sailed into the water.
Mahan is the only player to have never missed a FedEx Cup playoff event since that format began in 2007, but at No. 71, that streak is in jeopardy entering The Barclays.
Spieth won the Masters and the U.S. Open earlier this year, and the top-ranked golfer in the world could cap his year with a remarkable run in the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin on Thursday with The Barclays.
The 51-year-old Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history on Sunday, while Woods, who needed to finish first or second to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, faltered and tied for 10th.
Woods shot a 2-under-par 68 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship on Saturday, leaving him two strokes behind Gore and putting him in a three-way tie for second place.
Woods will be playing in the Wyndham Championship for the first time this weekend, understanding that nothing less than a spectacular finish will prevent him from pursuing the FedEx Cup championship next month.
Spieth claimed the No. 1 ranking on Sunday after he finished second to Day at the PGA Championship, and that allowed him to knock off McIlroy and create what may be the best rivalry in golf in some time.
Woods would need to win the Wyndham Championship or finish in sole possession of second place to earn enough points to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin next week.
Day was a rookie eight years ago who was full of big talent, big goals and big talk, and after several close calls at major championships earlier this year, he broke through with a victory on Sunday.