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Day, Scott chase FedExCup glory

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 Ashton Hudson

World No.1 Jason Day has his sights on at least two US PGA Tour playoff wins as he shoots to be the first Australian to win the lucrative FedExCup.

Entering into the four event series this week at The Barclays where he defends his 2015 title, Day remains No.1 in the season-long points race and is already assured a place at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Fields are knocked down from 125 eligible players this week to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston and then 70 at the BMW Championship in Indiana.

Finally, the top 30 head to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for the Tour Championship where one man walks away with the $US10million bonus.

Day's three wins this year leads the tour yet he's not favourite for Player of the Year as he went majorless.

Dustin Johnson, who ranks second in the FedExCup, currently has the nod in the eyes of most of the players given he won the US Open and WGC Bridgestone, two huge events.

Day's wins also came in big fashion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC Match Play and the Players Championship but even he admits he has work to do.

"I think a couple more wins should do it," Day said of securing a shot at top dog.

"To have five wins again and especially two more wins in the Playoffs, will obviously get it done.

"It's pushing me further to work harder because I know it would be great to be able to sit back and look at it and go, `back in 2016 I was Player of the Year'. Out of everyone that has played golf, that's pretty special to be able to hold that."

After winning the Barclays last year with a stunning 63-62 on the weekend at Plainfield Country Club, Day won the BMW Championship in week three to ascend to world No.1.

But his thunder was stolen a week later by Jordan Spieth who claimed a fifth win of his own and the FedExCup at East Lake.

This year the Barclays moves to Bethpage Black, the infamous public brute of a course which hosted the 2002 and 2009 US Opens.

Joining Day in the Australian tilt is third-ranked Adam Scott. Both will play with Johnson over the opening two rounds. Scott won in back-to-back weeks early in the year but has just one top 10 finish from his past 10 starts.

A three-week break has recharged his batteries and desire for a strong finish to the year.

"I'm hoping to play a little better than I have the last three months and have a little run like I did earlier in the year and finish the year off really well and have a shot at winning the FedExCup," he said.

"I've put myself in a great position that if I play well the next few weeks, hopefully I can be in that top five going into Atlanta. That's obviously important. Then it's kind of all up to me whether I can win it from there."

Scott spent his time off analysing his stats and game, debriefing why his performances at the majors were below his lofty standards.

It was the usual story. Putting.

"I'm hitting it well. I have all year. I just haven't putted as well as I did at the start of the year the last few months since the Masters and it's pretty much as simple as that," he explained.

Taking the Australian tilt to five is Marc Leishman, Aaron Baddeley and John Senden, the lowest amount of Australians in the Playoffs now 10-year history.

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