Just because Tiger Woods was absent doesn’t mean Torrey Pines lacked drama and excitement in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday.
Jason Day emerged victorious from a four-man playoff after the second hole and registered his third career PGA tour win, but he nearly missed out on the opportunity in the first place.
Day saved par on the 18th after his chip came out hot and stopped inches short of the yellow hazard line a few feet away from the water. From there Day got up and down saving par with a 2-under 70 in the final round to join Scott Stallings, Harris English, and J.B. Holmes in a playoff.
Day made birdie on the par-5 18th, the first hole of the playoff as Stallings and English were eliminated with pars. On the second hole of the playoff, the par-3 16th, Day made par capturing the title after Holmes sailed his six iron over the green and settled for bogey.
With the win, Jason Day moves up to No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings behind Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, and Bubba Watson. Day is just ahead of fellow-Australian Adam Scott for the first time in his career.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Day said. “I’ve been working so hard for this. I was visualizing myself holding the trophy, just like I did at the Match Play. I’m really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out.”