Jason Day did not play his best golf on Sunday afternoon, but he played good enough to secure his 5th win in 12 starts. This was his first win of the 2016 season. His lowest point of the season came at the Farmer’s Insurance Open where he missed the cut. However, Day appears to be getting hot at the right time with the Masters only two tournament weekends away.
Day started the fourth and final round at Bay Hill at 15-under par, 2 shots clear of Henrik Stenson, Troy Merritt, and Kevin Chappell, all 13-under. Day finished his front nine with a very inconsistent 3 birdies and 3 bogies. Making the turn at even par, and with players like Chappell and Stenson making the turn under par for the day, Day needed a few birdies coming down the stretch to secure the win. And Day responded. He birdied the par 5 12th hole and the par 3 17th to get one shot clear of Merritt and Chappell.
On the 18th hole, from the middle of the fairway, Merritt hit his approach shot into the water short and right of the pin. This would lead to a double bogey. Now Day, from the right rough, hit his second shot into a bunker to the left of the green. He needed a par to secure a one shot victory over Kevin Chappell. Day hit the long and difficult bunker shot, with water behind the hole, to 3 feet leaving himself a tap in putt for the win. Day celebrated the win with his wife and 2 young children. Arnold Palmer, as the host of the tournament, presented Day with the trophy.
Troy Merritt had a chance to win on Sunday. Unfortunately, he made 3 double bogey’s, including the one on the finishing 18th hole. At one point during his round, Merritt made 5 straight birdies to vault himself back into contention. Merritt still finished with a 1-under 71, good for a top 3 finish.
Next up on the PGA tour, there are 2 events being played. The first is the WGC Dell match play from Austin, Texas. The second event is a normal PGA Tour event and is being played in Puerto Rico. If your March Madness Bracket is busted, there is another chance to make a broken bracket. This time, pick from a field of the top 64 golfers in the world. Coverage for the match play starts this Wednesday and the Puerto Rico Open starts on Thursday.