Current US PGA champion Jason Day went wire-to-wire to win the Arnold Palmer International with a 17-under-par total on Sunday. Day led from the first round to the final hole as he held off the challenge of American Kevin Chappell to secure his latest PGA Tour title.
The 28-year-old, who will be targeting back-to-back major wins when the US Masters 2016 event gets underway early next month, didn’t have things all his own way though during a tense final round. Day dropped three shots during the first six holes, which allowed four other players including Henrik Stenson to tie for the lead.
He eventually got back on track after posting two brides after the turn. Day always appeared to be one step ahead of the rest thereafter and he managed to sink a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th and make an impressive up and down from the sand on the 18th to triumph. Day’s two-under-par 70 added to his rounds of 66, 65 and 70.
“Sleeping on a two-shot lead and winning wire-to-wire wasn’t easy,” Day said afterwards. “This was a really rewarding win for me and to be able to make the par at the last when I needed to was very satisfying. There was not one shot on the golf course I hit today where I felt comfortable.”
Day’s victory was enough to move him up to number two in the world rankings at the expense of Rory McIlroy, who was happy to post a seven-under-par 65 on Sunday following a tough weekend. The 26-year-old finished on six-under-par for the tournament, eleven shots adrift of Day.
Australian Adam Scott missed out on the opportunity to secure three PGA Tour event titles in row but was content with a final round of 69 and a tie for 12th. He added: “I felt I could have been up there, even though things weren’t quite firing in all cylinders like they were in the past couple of weeks.”