Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California, on Monday morning after six playoff holes, defeating Alex Noren.
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🏆 No. 11 after six playoff holes! Congrats to @JDayGolf on his victory at the @FarmersInsOpen. #QuickHits https://t.co/4PT3FYUxvO2018-1-29 16:19:25
The pair played through five playoff holes Sunday night before the round was halted and pushed back to Monday morning. Ryan Palmer was also a part of the playoff but was eliminated after failing to match the birdies posted by Day and Noren on the first hole.
Day won with a birdie on Monday morning's first hole, while Noren bogeyed.
Day started his tournament with a one-over 73, putting him in a precarious position right out of the gate. He responded with a superb eight-under 64, however, leaving him in contention heading into the weekend. And while he wasn't in the final group Sunday, his 70 put him playoff position, while Noren (73), Palmer (72) and J.B. Holmes (72) didn't take advantage.
Sunday's play wasn't without controversy. On the final hole, Holmes needed an eagle to tie Day—who was already in the clubhouse—at 10-under, while Noren was tied with Day and needed a birdie to win. While on the fairway, Holmes took a whopping four minutes and 10 seconds to pick his club and take a shot, forcing Noren to wait.
Suffice to say, the delay did not sit well with a number of golfers:
Daniel Berger @DanielBerger59
Most tour players aren’t slow but because of a handful of slow ones we all get a bad rep2018-1-28 23:54:58
Luke Donald @LukeDonald
Last group was over a hole behind, we can all blame JB...and yes the player should take responsibility for their pace of play, but if they don’t that’s why we have Tour officials - they needed to step in a while ago IMO.2018-1-28 23:58:31
Holmes finished with a birdie on the hole, dropping out of contention. He did manage to ice Noren, however, who parred the hole, sending the tournament into a three-way playoff. Holmes didn't seem to regret his slow pace of play, either.
"No, I was still trying to win," he told Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel. "So that's part of it."
Noren was diplomatic after the delay, meanwhile, saying it hadn't necessarily affected his next shot but "probably made me switch clubs," per Lavner.
Regardless, it set the stage for an epic playoff that went into Monday.
"It's been a long time coming," Day said after the round, according to Brentley Romine of GolfWeek.com. "… I worked very hard in the offseason to get back in this position."