🏆 No. 11 after six playoff holes!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 29, 2018
It only took 13 minutes on Monday morning for Jason Day to defeat Alex Noren in a sudden-death playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open. Day teed off at 8:04 a.m. local time and soon after tapped in the clinching 18-inch birdie putt on the 18th hole after Noren hit into the pond and carded a bogey.
While the Monday playoff was brief, in other ways it had taken the former World No. 1 player a long time to get there. Day has endured several bumps in the road since he ascended to the top spot in golf. It was fitting that he also had to persevere in San Diego in order to earn his 11th PGA Tour title.
Over the four days and 72 holes at Torrey Pines, Day battled to a tie with Noren and Ryan Palmer at 10-under 278. (He shot rounds of 73, 64, 71 and 70.) And then he went five extra holes with Noren on Sunday until it was too dark to play. But then Monday dawned and it was a new Day in more ways than one.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Day said about his first victory since the 2016 Players Championship. “I worked very hard in the offseason to get back into this position.”
The 2015 PGA champion had dropped to No. 14 in the world rankings. He had struggled on and off the golf course. Those struggles included his mother’s lung cancer, his wife’s miscarriage and a split with his longtime caddie.
On Monday there were no spectators at Torrey Pines. The grandstands were empty. When Day’s winning putt fell into the hole, the only audible cheers came from family members. But could anything sound sweeter?
Jason Day’s Clubs
(As reported by Golfweek.com)
Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (10.5 degrees) with TPT Golf shaft
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees) with TPT Golf shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shaft; (52, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x