Day finds drive that took him to No.1
Jason Day has stepped out of the dark and feels his world No.1 form returning after his drought-breaking US PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines.
The 30-year-old returned to the course yesterday to beat Sweden’s Alex Noren on the sixth playoff hole at the Farmers Insurance Open for his first win worldwide since the 2016 Players Championship.
Darkness had halted the playoff the previous evening, forcing officials to push the event into a fifth day at the San Diego course for the first time since Tiger Woods won an 18-hole playoff to claim the 2008 US Open.
Day, who was world No.1 for 47 weeks before Dustin Johnson took over last February, said he had felt that form returning.
“It felt like it was coming back, I think more the mental side of my game. The drive to get back to No.1 and the desire to win was definitely there this week,” he said.
Day’s 11th PGA Tour victory lifts his ranking from No.14 to 10th.
When Day sank an 18-inch birdie putt to win yesterday it was in front of empty grandstands. There were no roars, just cheers from Day’s family and some of his mates.
Spectators weren’t allowed in yesterday because organisers did not have the time to arrange security after calling a halt to play the day before.
“It was a little strange, but we did have a few people up in the stands, which was nice,” Day said.
“It’s great to finish the tournament, but it would have been nice to finish yesterday with all the people there.
“I’d play until Wednesday if I needed to get that win. It’s why we get up every morning and practise.
“This win is just as special as the first one.”
Day also won the tournament in 2015 in a four-man playoff that took only two holes.
That victory propelled him to a five-win season.
BACK IN FORM: Jason Day in his Farmers Insurance Open win.