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Day wins Farmers golf on sixth hole of playoff

January 29. 2018 10:18PM
Jason Day plays his shot from the 18th tee during the playoff round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - South Co. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Australian Jason Day won for the first time in 20 months when he beat Alex Noren in eerie silence in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday.

With the course closed to the public for logistical reasons, Day sealed victory with a birdie at the sixth extra hole after Noren found a water hazard with his second shot at the par-five 18th at Torrey Pines.

It was the 11th PGA Tour triumph for Day, which lifted him from 14th in the world rankings to 10th. The 30-year-old had not won since the 2016 Players Championship when he was ranked No. 1.

“It’s been a long time (without winning) so happy to start off the year great,” said Day, who also triumphed here three years ago.

“I was close at the Australian Open last year and didn’t quite get over the finish line, but it’s really nice to get over the finish line here.”

Day and Noren could not be separated in five extra holes on Sunday before the playoff was suspended due to darkness. It lasted just one more hole on the resumption on Monday morning after Noren narrowly failed to clear the pond guarding the green with his second shot.

Day, who laid up after driving into the rough, punched his third shot to tap-in distance for an easy birdie, pretty much ending Noren’s chances. After taking a penalty stroke, Noren had pitch in for a matching birdie, a task that proved too much.

The Swede was seeking his maiden PGA Tour victory. He has won nine times on the European Tour.


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