PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Unlike last year, there was precious little drama on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass.
Jason Day led by four strokes to begin the final round and despite a few stumbles early when his lead was trimmed to two shots, he finished the day in the same spot, four clear of Kevin Chappell to win his third event of 2016 and his seventh PGA Tour title in less than eight months.
Day turned in 38 to drop to 12 under, two shots clear of Ken Duke, but birdied the 10th and 12th holes to extend his lead and played the volatile closing stretch in 1 under par for a 71 for his 10th Tour title.
Chappell finished second to Day for the second time this year, following his runner-up finish to the Australian at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Day wasn’t as sharp on Sunday as he was to start the week, hitting just 8 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation, but he scrambled for par seven times, converting five of those attempts, the most crucial being his 14-footer for par at the seventh hole after missing the green with his approach.
“It’s such a big accomplishment for me in my career,” Day said. “To be able to finally win as No. 1 in the world and then to go wire to wire was very special. I’m glad I don’t have to play the course again.”