Day clinches Torrey Pines title in playoff

Day clinches Torrey Pines title in playoff

Javier Howell
January 30, 2018

Sweden's Alex Noren shook off a disappointing double bogey Saturday, closing strong at Torrey Pines to take a one-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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.

Ryan Palmer exited the playoff on the first extra hole after making par on the par-5 18th.

On Sunday, Day and Noren birdied the par-5 18th all three times they played it - on the first second and fifth playoff holes - and made par on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes.

Day is searching for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2016 Players Championship while Noren is trying to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, though the 35-year-old has won nine times on the European Tour.

Noren blasted his second shot onto the raised green but the ball rolled back into a water hazard, prompting Day to leave his second shot short of the water.

Fargo's Tom Hoge finished with several others in a tie for 12th at 5-under par. I'm going to try to get some rest tonight, and I'll play all day tomorrow to try and get the win. "I couldn't even see the flag, " said Day afterward.

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That seems to be Tommy Fleetwood's motto after making it back-to-back wins at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. But on the back nine, he made a bogey on the 10th and a solitary birdie on the 16th hole to finish on 20-under par.

Day and Noren have a long way to go to match the playoff record, with Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum battling over a staggering 11 holes at the Motor City Open way back in 1949.

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. I'm very thankful for my whole team.

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

"I was up all night last night just thinking about getting the next win, number 11, and you know I'm really happy".

"I got a lot out of my rounds", Woods said. It's just margins, said Noren, a nine-time European Tour victor seeking his first United States triumph.

But there won't be any spectators allowed at Torrey Pines today. "They're very nice to me".