Dominant Day wins Match Play, hits stride for Masters

Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:09pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Jason Day continued his sensational streak with an emphatic victory at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas on Sunday and the new world number one could not be happier with his game heading into next month's Masters.

The Australian beat South African Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the afternoon final at Austin Country Club to clinch his sixth win in his last 13 tournaments worldwide.

Day, who sank a 12-foot par putt at the final hole to beat defending champion Rory McIlroy one-up in a morning semi-final, was already assured of regaining the world number one ranking from American Jordan Spieth.

"It's been an amazing week. I played wonderfully this afternoon," Day, 28, said at the victory presentation, adding that he had only been a "50-50" chance to continue in the event after tweaking his back during the opening day of competition.

"I’ve been able to not only utilize the great short game that I’ve had from last week to this week, but to be able to play the way I did from tee to green and then on top of it hit the clutch shots has been really fantastic."

Oosthuizen, the 16th seed, qualified for the final when he beat Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello 4&3 in the other semi.

Day lost the first hole of the final, but that was his only setback as he relentlessly kept up the pressure on Oosthuizen and turned the back nine into a victory march.

Day's ninth career PGA Tour victory was his second in as many weeks after he triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last Sunday.

It was also Day's second win in three years in the only World Golf Championships event that uses the match play format.   Continued...

 
Mar 27, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Jason Day of Australia poses with the trophy after defeating Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa in the championship round of the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports