Day clinches Torrey Pines title in playoff

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 went out in bogey-free 4-under, circling holes 3, 6 (tied Noren for lead), 7 and 9, but came home in birdie-less 2-over, squaring 11 (3-putt from 32'8") and 15.

Those wedge shots, however, were a bit of an anomaly as Day was only serviceable with his irons, particularly on Sunday when he hit only 10 greens in regulation and relied on his Spider Tour Red putter (1.765 strokes gained/putting Sunday) to bail him out.

Day and Noren went at it for 77 holes at Torrey Pines, and after five sudden-death playoff holes, it still wasn't enough to crown a victor.

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

Earlier, Tiger Woods finished with an even-par 72 to finish tied 23rd, wrapping up a positive return to the tour.

1- 18th hole (par 5): Noren layed up and pitched close, meaning Day had to make a three-metre birdie to continue. "You could barely see the yellow", Day said after the day's play.

It was the third playoff in as many weeks on the PGA Tour, all of them at least four holes and two of them lasting at least six.

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.

Overall, Woods said he was encouraged with his performance in the tournament.

However, the Aussie recovered brilliantly, eventually going shot-for-shot with Noren before the day was forced to an end with darkness rendering play near-impossible. "Very enjoyable. This is what I play for". "It's good to be back in the action, good to be back where I'm at right now". It's his second Farmers victory in nine tries, joining a playoff win in 2015.

But there won't be any spectators allowed at Torrey Pines today.

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

"To win would be very, very big for my confidence", he said.


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