DAY BACK TO WORLD No.4
PGA Tour - Farmers Insurance Open
Jason Day snatched a thrilling victory at the Farmers Insurance Open after edging out JB Holmes in a play-off at Torrey Pines.
The Australian picked up two crucial late birdies in his final-round 70 which lifted him to nine under alongside Holmes, defending champion Scott Stallings and Harris English, and a par at the second extra hole earned him a third PGA Tour title and his first win since last year's WGC-Accenture Match Play.
Scotland's Martin Laird and Ireland's Shane Lowry finished in a tie for seventh, two shots behind the leaders.
Englishman Ian Poulter shot a two-over-par 74 to finish on four under in joint 19th with Jamie Donaldson of Wales.
"It's an amazing feeling because I've been working so hard for this," Day told Sky Sports in San Diego after securing his third PGA Tour title. "I'm really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out."
Holmes had a 25-foot downhill putt at the 18th to win his fourth PGA Tour title, but it slid by the hole to force him into a play-off.
Day and Holmes birdied the first play-off hole, while English and Stallings could only manage par. But Holmes was struggling after a poor tee shot at the par-three 16th, the second play-off hole, and Day held his nerve.
Asian / European Tour – Maybank Malaysian Open
India’s Anirban Lahiri claimed the biggest victory of his burgeoning career yet with a gripping one-stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger of Austria in the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Lahiri, who trailed by five strokes heading into the final round, closed with a four-under-par 68 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course to lift the Seagram trophy and champion’s cheque of US$500,000.
His sixth career Asian Tour victory and first co-sanctioned title on the European Tour is likely to propel him into the world’s top-40, putting him in prime position to qualify for the Masters Tournament in April, the year’s first Major, and also the International Team for the Presidents Cup later this year.
A jubilant Lahiri said: “This is very special. This is the sixth time I’ve won and it is my first on the European Tour. I think that’s what makes it more special. The other thing that sets this win apart is that I finally won a big event. The first three events were US$300,000 events in India. They gave me a lot of joy and confidence. Without those wins, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wanted to win an event which is big, not just in prize money but in terms of the field. I played with Lee Westwood and unfortunately he had a bad day. You are playing in the field with Major winners and you beat them. That is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
PGA Tour of Australasia – Oates Victorian Open Championship
Starting the day three shots off the lead, Green, playing in the second last group, fired a 5-under 67 to finish regulation play on 16-under 272.
Green then watched on as fellow left-hander and Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff.
It took just two playoff holes for Green to win the Oates Vic Open with birdie.
A three time winner on the European Tour, Green has been a strong supporter of the Vic Open and was proud to finally place his name on the trophy.
"It's been a long time coming, I have wanted to come back to win and support the tournament and finally after 23 years of trying I have got it finally," said Green.
"The last few years I have thoroughly enjoyed coming here to play, it's one of those tournaments that I have wanted on my list, more so than some other around the world, it's been very important to me."
It's been a week of highlights for Green who started by scoring a rare hole-in-one on the par-4 15th during the pro-am.
But Hollywood couldn't have written a better script with his fiancée Marianne Skarpnord joining him in the winner's circle with her victory in the Ladies Oates Vic Open.
Web.com – Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Presented by Claro
Rookie Patrick Rodgers of Indiana rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Steve Marino and win the weather-delayed Colombia Championship presented by Claro.
Rodgers, who broke Tiger Woods’ all-time scoring record during three All-American seasons at Stanford, closed regulation play with an all-world birdie at the par-5 18th after hitting his tee shot into a hazard.
“I must have been amped up because that shot doesn’t normally go that far,” said Rodgers. “I had a really awkward stance in there and had to get the ball up quickly and still keep it under the trees.”
Rodgers chipped out sideways and then wedged his third shot to within three feet. He canned the birdie putt for a 6-under 65 that gave him the clubhouse lead at 17-under 269. Marino, the 54-hole leader, made a short birdie putt of his own on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff.
Following a pair of two-putt pars on the first extra hole, Rodgers stuffed a 7-iron from 198 yards inside of 10 feet to put the pressure on Marino, who wound up missing another lengthy birdie putt.
“This is huge,” said Rodgers, who earned the win in only his seventh Tour start. “I’ve already had so many ups and downs in my pro career. To be out here and win so early is a dream come true. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.”
Rodgers collected a check for $144,000 and moved to No. 1 on the Web.com Tour money list two weeks into the season.