Jason Day stuck in staggering PGA tour playoff

Jan 30, 2018, 01:15
Jason Day stuck in staggering PGA tour playoff

Highlights from the Farmers Insurance Open play-off, where Jason Day claimed victory. Holmes was down two shots and would have needed an eagle to tie Jason Day, who was already in the clubhouse.

World number 14 Day's U.S. title total, topped by his 2015 PGA Championship title, also includes the 2015 Torrey Pines crown, putting him alongside such two-time winners as Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

Ryan Palmer exited the playoff on the first extra hole after making par on the par-5 18th.

Palmer was eliminated on the first playoff hole, but four more holes after that was not enough to separate Day and Noren.

The victory is Day's 11th on the PGA Tour and second at Torrey Pines after also winning a play-off at the 2015 event.

The other big news was the optimistic finish of Tiger Woods, who carded a 72 to finish tied-23 in his first start in a full-field tournament for a year.

"It was between the 5-wood - I didn't think it was going to get there - and the 3-wood would have gone back there where [Noren] was (over the green)", Holmes said.

1- 18th hole (par 5): Noren layed up and pitched close, meaning Day had to make a three-metre birdie to continue. "I couldn't even see the flag, " said Day afterward.

Beset by injuries and family issues in the past 18 months, Day has fallen to 14th in the world rankings after spending 47 of his 51 total weeks at No.1 until as recently as February previous year. "That pin being in the bowl, I thought I had a better chance of holing out with a wedge than I did trying to chip one in".

Woods said it was a mostly positive week, and it was hard to argue considering he was returning from his fourth back surgery.

Yesterday, Day pulled his tee shot well right to begin the sixth playoff hole while Noren found the edge of the short rough left of the fairway.

"That double was very sour to me", said Noren, ranked 19th in the world.

But the show belonged to Day and Noren as the final round meandered toward sunset. "I'll try to get some rest and play all day tomorrow if I need to get a win".

Noren is a nine-time victor on the European Tour who is No. 19 in the world, trying to make his mark in America.

"I got a lot out of my rounds", Woods said. "It was going to be, 'Can I shoot low scores?' I didn't, but I grinded out some good rounds".