Day claims third title of the year with victory at TPC Sawgrass

World No.1 Jason Day has continued his winning run, taking out the lucrative Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

The Beaudesert local started the tournament in style, equaling the course record with a stunning nine-under opening round.

He continued his winning form right across the weekend and went in to the final day with a four shot lead on 14-under.


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The gap between Day and his nearest rivals did shorten early in the final round thanks to bogeys on six and nine.

But after scoring birdies on 10, 12 and 16, Day was too far ahead.

He finished on 15-under, four shots head of closest rival American Kevin Chappell.

With victory comes the massive US$1.8 million winner’s paycheck.

It’s his 10th US PGA Tour win and seventh in his last 17 starts with a one-under-71 final round at TPC Sawgrass to finish at 15-under-273.

It is his third win in 2016 after triumphs at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and World Golf Championships Match Play.

Day is the seventh Australian to win at least 10 US PGA Tour events and is just the fifth player behind Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, David Duval and Phil Mickelson to win 10 times before his 29th birthday.

He is the fourth Australian behind Steve Elkington, Greg Norman and Adam Scott to win the Players and joins Woods, Scott, Martin Kaymer and Mickelson as players to have won a major, a WGC event and the Players Championship in their careers.

He says it was a massive win for him and something he was eyeing off right from the very beginning.

“I just wanted to win this so bad,” Day said after accepting his trophy.

“This could possibly push me over to getting in to the Hall of Fame one day and I’m just glad and honoured to be a Player’s Champion,” he added.

Day is due up next at the Memorial tournament in his hometown in Columbus, Ohio before the US Open.

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