Jason Day wins playoff to break 20 month drought

30 January, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 10th hole hole of the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday Jan. 26 2018 in San Diego

Jason Day has broken his 20-month winless drought on the US PGA Tour, claiming the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in a sudden-death play-off over Alex Noren.

Day was the best performer in regulation, closing the final round with a two-under-par 70 to get in the clubhouse at 10 under before world No.19 and overnight leader Noren (73) and Palmer (72) joined him.

Day, Noren and Palmer completed 72 holes at 10-under 278.

Tiger Woods made an even-par 72 to finish at three-under in his US PGA Tour comeback, and the 14-time major victor tied for 23rd.

Both Day and Noren ended a windy Sunday playing in the dark with birdies on the fifth hole of the playoff.

Noren pitched on to the green with his fourth shot and two-putted for bogey, as Day fired his approach tight into the flag and nudged in the two-foot birdie putt for victory.

5- 18th hole: Day finds a fairway trap and Noren hits the green in two, applying the pressure.

Fargo's Tom Hoge finished with several others in a tie for 12th at 5-under par.

"I'll play all day tomorrow if I need to get the win", Day said. Day made birdie on the first hole played Monday to win his first title since the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.

"It has been a long time coming", said Day, who battled a back injury at the start of the week and missed the pre-tournament Pro-Am.

It was the third playoff in three weeks on the PGA Tour, all of them lasting at least four holes. Day laid up from the right rough, then hit his wedge shot 1 foot from the hole.

That was good enough for a promising tie for 23rd as Woods launched his latest bid to return to form in the wake of spinal fusion surgery last April.

"I was up all night last night just thinking about getting the next win, number 11, and you know I'm really happy".

Despite his success on the European Tour, Noren is little known in the United States - and he's happy to fly under the radar. The competitor in me is very disappointed right now.

But there won't be any spectators allowed at Torrey Pines today. "It was going to be, 'Can I shoot low scores?' I didn't, but I grinded out some good rounds".

"Very pleased", Woods said.



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