Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Johnson, Matsuyama Close in on Day

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Johnson, Matsuyama Close in on Day

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Byline: Garry Smits

Jason Day doesn't have much wiggle room if he wants to stay the No. 1-ranked player in the world this week at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

Day can be supplanted by two players at Riviera, No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. 3 Hideki Matusuyama. According to the complicated World Golf Rankings system, Johnson can ascend to the top by winning, and having Day finish fourth or worse, and Matsuyama can do it with a victory, if Day finishes outside the top 25.

Day said a few weeks ago that one of his goals was to stay ranked first for an entire calendar year. Tiger Woods was the last to do that when he was stop the rankings for all of 2009.

Rory McIlroy was the last player to be ranked first for more than a year, going from August of 2014 to the following August.

This week is the third time Johnson has a chance to take over first place.

At last year's PGA, he could have overtaken Day with a victory, but missed the cut.

Last week at Pebble Beach, Johnson would have been ranked first if he had won, and Day finished outside the top 50. Johnson finished third and Day tied for fifth.

Day, whose victory in the 2016 Players Championship helped send him to the top of the rankings, said staying No. 1 for the year isn't his primary goal.

"You can't really focus on staying No. 1," Day told the Associated Press. "The more you focus on the actual target itself, the more you attach yourself to it. You make mental errors out there, you get frustrated, you do silly things on the golf course that you shouldn't be doing."


Past PGA Tour player Peter Jacobsen is having a good week.

The seven-time Tour winner will receive the Charlie Bartlett Award, presented annually by the Golf Writers Association to an individual involved in the sport who makes unselfish contributions to society.

In addition to working for Golf Channel/NBC, Jacobsen runs a tournament management company whose events have raised $40 million for charities as diverse as Folds of Honor, Wounded Warriors, Juvenile Diabetes, The First Tee, the Cascade AIDS Project and Young Musicians and Artists. …

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