Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Day beats Noren on sixth playoff hole for Farmers win

Day beats Noren on sixth playoff hole for Farmers win

Alex Noren was 5 feet away from extending the playoff Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, a putt he could easily have missed except that the Swede could rely on experience.

Jason Day and Alex Noren went 77 holes in the Farmers Insurance Open, and it still wasn't enough to decide a victor.

Day, Noren and Palmer completed 72 holes at 10-under 278.

Day birdied the par-5 18th, the sixth playoff hole, for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2016 Players Championship and his second at the Farmers.

Both players hit their tee shots into the rough but Noren was in trouble when he found water with a risky wood as he aimed to reach the par-five 18th green in two. In only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015, Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 23rd, seven shots out of the lead.

'I was in Palm Springs and I threw it out, Day said.

1- 18th hole (par 5): Noren layed up and pitched close, meaning Day had to make a three-metre birdie to continue.

"It has been a long time coming", said Day, who battled a back injury at the start of the week and missed the pre-tournament Pro-Am.

The win was the third in a row on the PGA Tour for TaylorMade's new line of M3 and M4 drivers which feature a technology called Twist Face, which refers to a modest curvature in the face that results in the high toe area being slightly more open and the low heel area being slight more closed, in an effort to produce straighter shots on strikes in those areas. It's just margins, said Noren, a nine-time European Tour victor seeking his first United States triumph.

"That double was very sour to me", said Noren, ranked 19th in the world. "But being in the positions I've been in and having two close calls the first couple of weeks of the year, it's a little hard". I was up all night thinking about trying to get that 11th win.

However, the Aussie recovered brilliantly, eventually going shot-for-shot with Noren before the day was forced to an end with darkness rendering play near-impossible.

"I got a lot out of my rounds", Woods said.

But there won't be any spectators allowed at Torrey Pines today.

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