As part of our series of year-end reviews, here’s a look at the 10 most exciting PGA Tour wins of the 2018 season. (Ordered by date.)
1. DAY WINS AT TORREY PINES
Date: Jan. 28, 2018
Event: Farmers Insurance Open
Where: Torrey Pines GC (San Diego, CA)
Winner: Jason Day -10 (playoff) | Runner-up: Alex Noren -10
Recap: The playoff victory highlighted a remarkable comeback effort from Day, who shot an opening-round 73 and found himself ten strokes out of the lead after 18 holes. A Friday 64, the low round of the tournament, vaulted him back into contention, and going into Sunday, he was just three shots behind Noren.
By the Sunday turn, Day, Noren, Palmer, and Holmes had separated themselves from the pack, but one by one, they failed to convert their back-nine chances (Day played the back nine 2-over), and the playoff was needed to determine the winner.
On playoff hole No. 6, Noren looked to have the advantage on the par-5 after a drive that was in much better position than Day’s. However, the advantage was short-lived as Noren failed to carry the pond in front of the green. Day layed up with his second, and then hit a pristine wedge to less than two feet from the hole on this third shot, forcing Noren to hole-out his penalty shot, which he failed to do. Day, then, tapped in his short birdie putt for the win.
WATCH DAY’S KEY SHOT:
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