Jason Day is looking for his first win since The Players in 2016
Jason Day and Alex Noren played five playoff holes before darkness suspended play at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour. Both of them will return to play for the title on Monday at 11 a.m. ET, and you can watch it live on Golf Channel and PGA Tour Live.
The two were joined by Ryan Palmer, the second round leader for a three-way playoff, but it was shortlived as Day and Noren fired birdie on the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole and Palmer was left out with a par.
Jason Day joins Alex Noren for the extended playoff
Day, Noren, and Palmer finished the final round for 2-under, 1-over, and level-par, tying their scores at 10-under 278 for the joint lead, forcing a three-way playoff.
Palmer hit wedge to 2 feet for birdie on the last hole for a 72 and join them for the playoff. Noren needed a 12-foot birdie to avoid the playoff.
Day holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the dark on the fifth hole and Noren followed with a 5-foot birdie putt, leading to a Monday comeback for the finish.
They each made birdie thrice on the par-5 18th and pars on 16th and 17th holes, Day had better chances of finishing it on the par-3 16th until his 12-foot birdie attempt stayed on the right edge. Jason Day previously the event in a playoff in 2015 at Torrey Pines and Alex Noren is looking for a maiden win on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods, the seven times winner of the event, playing for the first time on weekends after 888 days was happy with his 72 in the final round, taking his total to 3-under 285 with Patrick Reed, J.J. Henry, Chesson Hadley, J.J. Spaun, and Michael Kim.
“I got a lot out of my rounds,” Woods said. “The short game wasn’t something I was worried about. I knew what I could, what I’ve been doing at home. That wasn’t going to be an issue. It was going to be, `Can I shoot low scores?’ I didn’t, but I grinded out some good rounds.”
Noren, Palmer, and Holmes were tied for the lead with six holes to go.
Day twice missed the green and landed a bogey on the 15th, his back nine consisted of two bogeys, and no better than par hole. Noren entered the final round with a shot lead over Palmer who was fighting for his first win since eight years, and he surely had a steady round until he forced a tee shot into a hazard on the 14th and managed with a bogey, before missing a much-needed birdie on the 18th to avoid the playoff and win his maiden title.
Palmer made consecutive bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes before he hit his wedge to 2 feet to get into the playoff.
Holmes missed his run for the title after posting a bogey on the 15th with after missing the green with his wedge, and later missed a 4-foot par putt on the 16th, later he needed an eagle to keep his hopes alive, and took a lot of time deciding the club to hit, and chose sand wedge which landed him in the rough and never getting close to an eagle.
Jon Rahm, the defending champion at the event finished for a T-29th position on the board after dropping 12 spots down with his final round five-over 77 after a devastating 3-over 75 on Saturday. Rahm is joined by Brendal Steel, Kevin Streelman, Maverick McNealy, Russel Knox, and Corey Conners on the board.
Anirban Lahiri finished the event for a T-54th with Bill Haas, Billy Horschel, and Andrew Putnam at 2-over 290.
Last two events on the Tour too took the playoff way of finishing the things and going for a minimum four extra holes. Patton Kizzire beat James Hahn in six extra holes at the Sony Open in Hawaii and Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in four extra holes for the Career Builder Challenge title.
This is surely going to be interesting with Noren and Day fight it out for the title on Monday. Who is your pick for the win?