Australia's Day wins Torrey Pines playoff

Sun Feb 8, 2015 8:39pm EST
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By Ben Everill

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Australian Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in a four-man sudden-death playoff, outlasting Americans J.B. Holmes, Harris English and defending champion Scott Stallings at Torrey Pines on Sunday.

After English and Stallings bowed out when they could not make birdie at the opening playoff hole, Day claimed his third U.S. PGA Tour victory with a tap-in par putt at the second extra hole, the par three 16th, when Holmes made bogey.

The 27-year-old, who had made a critical 50-foot birdie at the 16th in regulation, will now move to world number four.

He is the first Australian to win at Torrey Pines and just the third international player to win the tournament.

“It sounds good to be the champion,” Day said. “It is an amazing feeling. I just kept visualizing myself holding the trophy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Day, who tied for ninth in 2013 and was equal second in 2014 at Torrey Pines, shot a two-under-par 70 to finish nine-under for the tournament.

Holmes and English were even-par 72 for the final round with Stallings shooting a 69.

Day came to the par five 18th with a share of the lead but went long with his second shot into thick rough, then watched his chip run off the green and just a foot from a water hazard.   Continued...

Sep 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jason Day hits from the second tee box during the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports