World No.1, Jason Day started the week with a tourney record tieing 63 to start the week and never looked back as he went wire-to-wire to win THE PLAYERS Championship for the first time in his career.
His final round 71 gave him a total score of 273 (-15) and 4 stroke victory over Kevin Chappell. Colts Knost, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Ken Duke all finished 5 back at (-10). Day’s playing partner, Hideki Matsuyama and Italy’s Francesco Molinari finished at (-9).
With the win, his 10th of his career and 3rd of 2016, Day won $1.89 Million. He is the first wire-to-wire winner in 16 years at TPC Sawgrass.
“I just wanted to win this so bad,” Day said.(AP)
Day also solidified his hold on the No.1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings over Jordan Spieth at No.2 and Rory McIlroy at No.3. Spieth missed the cut in his first action since his back nine meltdown at Augusta National. McIlroy had a great day Friday with an 8-under par 64 but was a not a threat the rest of the weekend.
The story coming into Sunday was how the field was complaining about the set up at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday. The main complaint was about speed and firmness of the putting surfaces. Under par scores were hard to come by and 3-putts were a plenty. Only 6 players managed to post a score in red numbers on Saturday.
Jason Day made everyone forget about Saturday’s controversy as he came out and played like the best in the world on Sunday. His lead was never less than 2 strokes all day. On the back nine, where tournaments are won and lost, when the players chasing him were faultering and struggling against the tough, TPC Sawgrass conditions, Day was extending his lead with a bogey free 33 on the inward nine to win comfortably.
“Playing the way I did on the back side, just bearing down, I’m going to hold this memory for a long time,” Day said.(PGATour.com)
The round of the day was in the clubhouse early. Justin Thomas, who teed of well before the leaders ran out to post a very early score in the clubhouse of 10-under par. He posted 4 birdies on both sides with a lone bogey on the par 3 13th hole. This is the kind of play that many people, including me, expect to see more and more out of the young Thomas. He has all the tools to be a multi-time winner on Tour.
Congratulations to Jason Day! The 2016 winner at THE PLAYERS Championship!
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