One year, eight months and 15 days is a long time to go between golf tournament victories. Especially when you’re the former No. 1 player in the world.
Jason Day broke a 625-day slump to win the Farmers Insurance Open on the sixth hole of a playoff over Sweden’s Alex Noren Monday.
The playoff happened without spectators present, as the tournament had not prepared security for an extra day of competition.
“It was a little strange, but we did have a few people up in the stands, which was nice,” Day said. “It’s great to finish the tournament and all, but it would have been nice to finish yesterday with all the people there. I’d play until Wednesday if I needed to get that win. It’s why we get up every morning and practice. This win is just as special as the first one.”
In the interval between victories, Day had fallen from No. 1 to No. 14 in the world.
Ryan Palmer finished 10-under alongside Day and Noren but was eliminated on the first playoff hole.
Tiger Woods finished 3-under for the tournament, tied for 23rd overall. He shot 72-71-70-72 on the tournament and showed plenty of inconsistency in his final round, alternating birdies and bogeys for the last five holes of the day.