Day out­lasts Noren in play­off

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ja­son Day calmly sank an 18-inch birdie putt at 8:17 a.m. Mon­day in front of empty grand­stands on No. 18 at Tor­rey Pines for his first PGA Tour win in 20 months.

There were no roars, just cheers from Day’s fam­ily and a hand­ful of mates.

In a rare Mon­day morn­ing fin­ish, Day took all of 13 min­utes to nav­i­gate the par-5, 570-yard 18th on the South Course to fin­ish a six-hole play­off against Alex Noren to win the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open.

Day and Noren had to re­turn af­ter grind­ing through five play­off holes Sun­day be­fore it got too dark to con­tinue.

Spec­ta­tors weren’t al­lowed in the next day be­cause or­ga­niz­ers said they didn’t have time to ar­range for se­cu­rity.

“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 and all, but it would have been nice to fin­ish yes­ter­day with all the peo­ple there.”

Day also won here in 2015, in a four-man play­off that took only two holes.

Day and Noren matched each other with birdie, birdie, par, par and birdie through five play­off holes in the twi­light Sun­day on the blufftop course over­look­ing the Pa­cific Ocean. Ryan Palmer was elim­i­nated on the first ex­tra hole with a par.

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