Great Day in Texas
Australia’s Jason Day survived a last-hole dip in the water to claim his first US PGA Tour win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Australia’s Jason Day survived a last-hole dip in the water to claim his first US PGA Tour win with victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.
Texas-based Queenslander Day had been in pole position at 10 under par with a two-shot lead heading into the final day at the par-70 TPC Four Seasons Resort Los Colinas near Dallas but saw first round co-leader Adams move ahead of him and take a one-shot lead as the leaders turned for home.
Day had a nervy start to his fourth round, bogeying the opening hole before birdies at the second and fourth appeared to get him back on course.
Then the Australian wobbled again, three bogeys in his next four holes sending him back to 10 under before Adams birdied the 10th to move to 11 under and a one-stroke advantage.
Day went back in front on the inward nine and went to the 72nd hole with a one-shot lead at 11 under over Adams, only for both players to find the water.
The Australian, though, was in the better position having cleared the hazard and Adams’ recovery left Day with two putts for the title.
Day made it at the first attempt, posted a 72 and claimed his maiden title at 10 under, a two-shot winner over Adams, who double bogeyed for a 72 to fall into a three-way tie for second with fellow Americans Jeff Overton and Brian Gay, who shot a seven-under 63, at eight under.
“Oh man, I made it tough on myself today,” Day admitted. “It was a real fight out there today and I’m just glad I hung in there.
“This is what I’ve been practising so hard for. I wore my heart on my collar and really wanted to get this done and I’m just so happy I’ve finally done it.
“I’m just so happy I holed that putt on 18.”
Scott Verplank and Cameron Beckman claimed a tie for fifth at seven under, Beckman’s rollercoaster tournament ending on another upturn as he closed with a 68 having shot a course record-tying 61 on Friday and a 75 on Saturday.
India’s Arjun Atwal finished at six under after a 70 to finished tied for seventh with Americans Ben Crane, Dustin Johnson, Tom Pernice Jr and DA Points.
Sixteen-year-old Dallas amateur Jordan Spieth finally ran out of steam on the back nine with one birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey over his last six holes for a closing 72 that still earned the US Junior Amateur champion a tie for 16th while US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and Open champion Stewart Cink finished a shot further back at three under.
Germany’s Alex Cejka was level par for the day and the leading European player in the field at four under in a tie for 16th, while England’s Greg Owen finished at two over following a closing 72, the same as Scotland’s Martin Laird, whose two-over finish left him at five over for the tournament.
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