Jason Day and Alex Noren needed five playoff holes Sunday evening and still couldn’t end the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open. On Monday morning at Torrey Pines, it took just one extra hole.
Day birdied the par-4 18th, the sixth playoff hole, to notch his first PGA Tour victory since the 2016 Players Championship and second at the Farmers.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Day said. “… I worked very hard in the offseason to get back in this position.”
Day, the former World No. 1 who had fallen to No. 14 in the world rankings before this week, has had to overcome much, both on and off the golf course. Off the course, his mother, Dening, was diagnosed with lung cancer last January. (Her health has since improved greatly since surgery.) Then last month, Day’s wife, Ellie, shared the news that she had a miscarriage of the couple’s third child.
But now Day is back in the winner’s circle.
Noren was trying to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, though the 35-year-old has won nine times on the European Tour. He hit his second shot on the sixth playoff hole in the water and failed to save par. Day had two putts to win and only needed one.
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Noren can only get his fourth to 15 feet or so and then he misses the par save. Day taps home the birdie to win.
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As Noren assesses his drop, Day wedges to a couple of feet. Noren will likely need to hole this next shot.
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Splash! Noren goes with 3-wood and doesn’t get it on the green from 255 yards out. Even worse, his ball rolls back in the water. Day lays up.
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Day hits first and misses the fairway right with a 3-wood at the par-5 18th, a hole the players each birdied three times already in this playoff. Noren also hits 3-wood and finds the left intermediate cut. Advantage Noren as Day will have some trees to navigate.