Jason Day continues streak with four-shot Players Championship win

Sun May 15, 2016 8:16pm EDT
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(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day drew comparisons with Tiger Woods after an emphatic four-stroke victory at the $10.5 million Players Championship in Florida on Sunday.

Day was never seriously tested in the final round en route to his seventh victory in his past 17 starts, a hot streak that few other than Woods can boast in the modern era.

He began the day with a four-shot cushion, and never led by less than two strokes despite some wayward tee shots at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach.

He displayed a stellar putting touch to card 71 and finish at 15-under-par 273.

American Kevin Chappell (69) birdied two of the final three holes to claim the runner-up spot on 11-under.

Day, 28, is the fourth Australian to win the PGA Tour's flagship event, after Steve Elkington (1991 and 1997), Greg Norman (1994) and Adam Scott (2004).

Scott on Sunday called Day's recent run "Tiger-esque", and Day spoke of his friendship with the 14-times major champion.

"It’s been an amazing journey for me to idolize him (Woods) as a junior growing up and now I’m good mates with him and get to pick his brain about what he did when he was dominating," Day told reporters.

"It’s great to be (mentioned) in the same sentence as Tiger. I’ve never been more motivated to be number one in the world. All the hard work I’ve put in is paying off.   Continued...

May 15, 2016; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Jason Day hits from the 16th fairway during the final round of the 2016 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports