Day finds drive that took him to No.1

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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.

PHOTO: DON­ALD MIRALLE

BACK IN FORM: Jason Day in his Farm­ers In­surance Open win.

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