The 30 year old Aussie is motivated to make a run at regaining world No.1 after notching his 11th PGA Tour title. Rounds of 73-64-71-70 were enough to tie Alex Noren (73) and Ryan Palmer (72) at 10 under par at the conclusion of regulation.
On the first hole of the playoff, Palmer made par. Birdies by Day and Noren sent the Texan packing. Day and Noren battled on until darkness and continued the tilt at 11am eastern time Monday. After Day’s stoned wedge and tap in birdie ended the fight, he raised his arms in victory.
A renewed outlook has taken the place of what Day was feeling last year. Citing a case of burnout, a series of ailments and family health issues that all contributed to his fall from the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in ’17. Injury to his back once again flared up this week, having to withdraw from his Wednesday Pro-am with inflammation of the facet joints. Day persevered, and afterwards he remained optimistic that he can reach his goals. “I’ve got to keep trying to build and build and build and hopefully win the FedEx Cup at the end of the year.”
The big story early in the week and into the weekend was the return of Tiger Woods, who managed a tie for 23rd despite putrid ball striking statistics. This may be a good sign considering he grinded out scores of 72-71-70-72 with his shortgame and putting.
Tiger’s next appearance will be at Riviera for the Genesis Open.