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PGA Tour: Jason Day heads Australian hopes in the FedEx Cup

No Australian has ever claimed the FedEx Cup title and Marc Leishman was the last Aussie to win a tournament in the end-of-season event when he secured the BMW Championship title in 2017.

Jason Day won both The Barclays and the BMW Championship back in 2015, but that was still only good enough for him to finish third in the overall standings behind Henrik Stenson and champion Jordan Spieth.

And a resurgent Day is one of just two Australians who have made it through to the FedEx Cup finale this time around, with the top 70 in the standings heading to TPC Southwind, Tennessee for the FedEx St. Jude Championship this week.

The other Aussie left hoping to finish the season on a high is Cam Davis, with Adam Scott having narrowly missed out after ending up at 72nd in the standings.

WhatFedEx St Jude Championship
WhereTPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
When14:00 Thursday 10th August - Sunday 13th August 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo Sports
OddsScottie Scheffler 7.00, Jon Rahm 9.00, Rory McIlroy 10.00, Patrick Cantlay 17.00, Xander Schauffele 19.00

Day clicking back into top form

Day enjoyed the best season of his career to date in 2015, as his efforts in the FedEx Cup followed quickly on from his first and, so far, only Major victory, at the USPGA Championship.

Day shot 68-67-66-67 to finish on 20-under par at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin to end three shots clear of the field and that success was expected to be followed by more Major triumphs.

However, Day has found things tough since then due to a number of factors, but finally seems to be close to regaining top form, having ended a five-year drought by winning the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.

He backed that up by finishing in a tie for 2nd place at The Open Championship, claiming his first top-ten Major finish since the 2020 PGA Championship.

Six further top-ten PGA Tour finishes helped Day secure 11th place in the FedEx Cup standings and put him in a good position to mount a challenge over the closing three events of the season - the FedEx St. Jude Championship, BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

A note of caution has to be sounded, with Day having missed the cut in three of four events before The Open Championship, with his other finish a tie for 45th place at the Travelers Championship.

He lies 52nd in Approach To Green stats for the season on the PGA Tour, so that is clearly an area where he needs to improve to find the form which once made him the number one-ranked player in the world.

Day can be backed at 31.00 to win the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Davis needs big fortnight to reach East Lake

Doubling the Australian contingent for the FedEx Cup finale is Cam Davis, with the 28-year-old Sydney native having ended the regular season at 62nd in the standings.

Only the top 30 will make it through to the Tour Championship at East Lake, meaning that Davis needs to gain big results at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship to qualify for the season finale.

However, even having a crack at glory seemed to be unlikely earlier on in the season as Davis missed five consecutive cuts.

The Aussie responded with a superb tied for 6th finish at THE PLAYERS Championship and that could have been an even better result had it not been for a closing 74 at TPC Sawgrass.

A tie for 4th place at the PGA Championship in May was his first top-ten finish at a Major, a result made possible by a superb closing round of 65 at Oak Hill.

Davis then showed his strength under pressure when he finished tied 10th at the 3M Open tied for 7th at the Wyndham Championship in the final two events of the regular season to secure his FedEx Cup playoff spot.

A strong driver of the ball, Davis can struggle on the green with the putter, but should that get hot at the right time, then he could make a charge for a place at the Tour Championship.

Davis currently rates as an 81.00 chance to win the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

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