Nothing was going to come between Jason Day and The PLAYERS Championship: Not the rapid greens that almost derailed him on Saturday, not the fluffed chips that turned a birdie into a bogey on Sunday, and certainly not playing against the best field in golf.
Day further reinforced his position as the No. 1 player in the world by never letting anyone get closer than two strokes in the final round, which included a bogey-free back nine at TPC Sawgrass for the fourth consecutive day and finishing with a 1-under 71 for a wire-to-wire victory.
It was the Australian’s seventh win in the last 10 months, and he’s hungry for a whole lot more.
“I want to be to be able to be looked back on and know that ‘he was one of the greats in the game.’ If I have the opportunity to do that, I’m going to try my best,” Day said after his four-shot victory. “And I have the opportunity to do that right now, try and work has hard as I can to really leave my footprint in this game.”
“I’m very motivated to win as much as I can right now.”
The 28-year-old did have some nervous moments, but easily secured the competition nonetheless.
Day made a bogey on No. 6, had to make a 15-foot putt to save par on the next, and looked out of his comfort zone from 40 feet right of the green on the par-5 ninth. After three straight muffed chips, Day was lucky to escape with a bogey, dropping his lead to just two strokes.
“If I walk away with a double bogey there, I let everyone (back) in the field,” he said. “I was right there next to the green in two and felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin. That putt was probably the most crucial putt of this tournament for me.”
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