Australia’s Jason Day wins 2016 Players Championship

May 15, 2016: Jason Day wins the 2016 THE PLAYERS Championship with a 15-under in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. (Photograph by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
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World No. 1 Jason Day really earned his ranking this weekend after taking home the Players Championship title on Sunday.  Stringing together a wire-to-wire win, Day’s score of -15 overall, including -1 in the final-round, allowed him to edge runner-up Kevin Chappell by four strokes en route to victory.

His latest win at the Players Championship marks the 10th US PGA title of Day’s career.

The 28-year-old overcame some trouble on the front nine in the final-round of the tournament on Sunday.  Earning the victory at Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass nonetheless, he then got back on track to close out the four-stroke win.

During the back nine on Sunday, Day regained the momentum afters shooting a sloppy 38 through the first nine holes.  Over the course of the final stretch, he birdied the 10th, 12th and 16th holes to rack up a score of 71.

It is also worth noting that Day began the tournament by tying a course record with a score of 63 in the opening-round.  He then shot a 66 to set the 36-hole tournament scoring record as well.

On the other hand, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy failed to crack the top 10 at the 2016 installment of the Players Championship.  While McIlroy finished tied for 12th behind an overall score of -7, Spieth saw his weekend come to an abrupt halt early on as he did not even make the cut.

While the trio of Day, Spieth and McIlroy continue to compete atop the world rankings, the native of Australia currently stands alone as the best there is today.

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