Day wins four-way playoff to take Farmers title


Thanks to a round of 2-under 70 and a par on his second extra hole, Jason Day won a four-way playoff over J.B. Holmes, Harris English and Scott Stallings to capture the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Here's what went down in overtime at Torrey Pines:

Leaderboard: Day (-9), Holmes (-9), English (-9), Stallings (-9), Howell III (-8), Prugh (-8)

What it means: The win is Day's third on the PGA Tour, his first since the WGC-Match Play last March, and it will vault him to No. 4 in the world, skipping him ahead of Adam Scott as the top-ranked Aussie. This was technically Day's first playoff on Tour, although his aforementioned Match Play win over Victor Dubuisson did come in 23 holes. Day was frankly lucky to make the playoff after his third shot on the 18th hole, in regulation, missed going into the pond guarding the front of green by about a foot. He got up and down to make par and finish in a four-way tie at 9 under. From there, he and Holmes both birdied 18 in the playoff to advance to a second extra hole, the par-3 16th. Day found the green with a 6-iron from 196 yards and two-putted for the win, while Holmes failed to make par from over the back of the green. 

Best of the rest: English and Stallings were ousted on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, with a pair of fives. English, well right off the tee, laid up short of the pond but failed to keep the ball in the fairway, leaving himself a difficult third shot from the rough that sailed to the back fringe. He nearly made birdie to advance but left his lengthy putt down the hill just inches short. Stallings, who also laid up after missing the fairway, landed his ball on the backstop behind the flag with too much spin and his putt from the front of the green wouldn't go. Holmes, finally, ended up taking relief from the grandstand after flying his ball over the 16th green. His chip ran well past the hole, as did his failed putt to extend the playoff. 

Round of the day: While most of the leaders hovered around even par Sunday, Chad Collins shot the low round of the weekend with a 5-under 67. Collins made six birdies against a lone bogey to jump up 39 spots and into a tie for 17th, his first top-25 finish since a T-8 at the Humana last year.

Biggest disappointment: English did find his way into the playoff, but through 36 holes he led this event by himself at 10 under. Had he just shot even par for the weekend, he would have won by a stroke. Separately, Spencer Levin and Jimmy Walker both started the day only a shot back but neither could break par in rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

Shot of the day: Lucas Glover had a final round he'd like to forget (5-over 77), but he holed out from a bunker for the second straight day. On Saturday he made an eagle by holing out from the greenside bunker on the par-5 18th, and on Sunday he made birdie by sinking a bunker shot on the par-3 11th.

Quote of the day: "Got a little lucky that it stayed up." - Day on his third shot at the 18th in regulation that stopped, on the downslope, just a foot from the pond.