After 72 holes, Jason Day and Alex Noren were tied at 10-under par. Five sudden-death holes later, after matching birdies in the dark on the par-5 18th, play was suspended with the duo still deadlocked.
Day and Noren will resume the longest playoff in tournament history at 8:00 a.m. (PT) Monday.
“We both played some pretty good golf, especially down 18 going back and forth, back and forth, which is good entertainment for the fans. It’s good to be back in the action, good to be back where I’m at right now. But I’ve got to get some rest,” said Day, who is seeking his first win since the 2016 PLAYERS.
Ryan Palmer, who also finished 10 under, had joined Day and Noren in the playoff but was eliminated on the first playoff hole.
Day closed with a 2-under 70, while Palmer made birdie on 18 to sign for a 72 and get into the playoff. Noren, who entered the day one up on Palmer, shot 1-over 73.
SUDDEN DEATH PLAY
First (No. 18): Noren birdie, Day birdies, Palmer par
Second (No. 18): Noren birdie, Day birdie
Third (No. 16): Noren par, Day par
Fourth (No. 17): Noren par, Day par
Fifth (No. 18): Noren birdie, Day birdie
FINAL TOP 5
1 Alex Noren 70-66-69-73 – 278 (-10)
1 Jason Day 73-64-71-70 – 278 (-10)
2 Ryan Palmer 66-67-73-72 – 278 (-10)
4 J.B. Holmes 70-72-65-72 – 279 (-9)
5 Keegan Bradley 70-69-71-70 – 280 (-8)
“Yeah, very, very long day and it’s nerve wracking playing these extra holes. Sometimes you think he’s got it in the box, and then the next hole I think I have a good chance at it. So it’s tough, but I’m happy of the way he played and the way I played and just to get out here tomorrow again.”
– Alex Noren
“That’s okay, Alex is playing some tremendous golf. To be able to go through and go shot for shot there was pretty special. I’m just going to try and get some rest tonight and I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to to get the win. But this is why we practice. It’s a lot of fun to be out here in amongst the crowds and having a lot of fun.”
– Jason Day
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