Jason Day takes Players Championship victory

Nashville, TN, United States / The Game Nashville
World No. 1 Jason Day at The Players Championship (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

World No. 1 Jason Day at The Players Championship (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Jason Day asserted his dominance yet again Sunday, claiming his first win at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

The Australian native and current World Number 1 led wire-to-wire and finished the tournament at 15 under and four shots ahead of the closest competition, American Kevin Chappell.

Coming into Sunday’s final round, Day’s major objective was simply to maintain the lead and cruise to a victory. The Aussie started his week by tying the course record of 63, followed that score up with a 66 to notch a new 36-hole tournament scoring record, then finished through Saturday’s round with a 73.

Day began Sunday sluggishly, going two over par on the front nine. The 28-year-old pro quickly rectified his situation with birdies on the 10th, 12th and 16th to end the final day of the tournament with a 71.

As ESPN.com Senior Golf Writer Jason Sobel noted, Day is now 4-4 when it comes to converting his last four 54-hole leads.

Suffice it to say that Day’s dominance of the sport is starting to become commonplace and his peers are taking note.

“Jason’s run is Tiger-esque,” fellow countryman Adam Scott told Ewan Murray of The Guardian. “I try to imagine how good Tiger felt just playing, five years into his pro career having won 50 events. Imagine how you’d feel confidence-wise. Jason must be kind of feeling something like that at the moment and that’s an incredibly nice way to walk out on the golf course. You can see it with Jason. I played with him one day this week in practice, you can see there’s that calmness inside him, calm confidence, the way he’s walking around. He’s got that kind of unbeatable look about him.”

 

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