Day, Noren to finish Torrey Pines playoff on Monday
LA JOLLA, Calif.—Jason Day and Alex Noren played 77 holes of golf at Torrey Pines without determining a winner Sunday, Jan. 28.
The two golfers will be heading to a sixth playoff hole at the Farmers Insurance Open when they return to the course outside of San Diego on Monday morning, Jan. 29, at 8 a.m. local time (10 a.m. CT).
Day and Noren birdied three of the first five playoff holes at Torrey Pines, the scenic course adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. After both players birdied 18 on playoff hole No. 5, play was suspended due to darkness.
"Too dark right now, I could barely see the last putt," Noren said in a post-round television interview. "Very enjoyable. This is what I play for."
Day joked that they could have continued to play, that all that was needed was some car headlights along the fairway.
"Alex is playing some tremendous golf," Day said in a post-round television interview. "I'll try to get some rest and play all day tomorrow if I need to get a win."
Ryan Palmer also was part of the playoff but was eliminated on the first extra hole.
The three golfers completed 72 holes at 10-under 278. Day shot a final-round 70 with four birdies and two bogeys, Noren shot 73 with three birdies and four bogeys, and Palmer shot 72 with three birdies and three bogeys.
Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 23rd at 3-under 285 in his first PGA Tour appearance since undergoing his fourth back surgery last April. Woods shot a final-round 72.
But the show belonged to Day and Noren as the final round meandered toward sunset.
Day and Noren each birdied the first two playoff holes—they played 18 both times—before both players shot par on the third playoff hole at 16.
Day lined up a birdie putt from nine feet away on 16 but narrowly missed to the right. Then he had another opportunity on the fourth playoff hole—at 17—but his birdie putt stopped one inch shy of the hole.
Back at 18 for the fifth playoff hole, Noren was on the green in two shots and seemingly in good position with Day still back on the fairway. But Day, who won at Torrey Pines in a playoff in 2015, sent his third shot to within 10 feet of the hole.
Noren's ensuing eagle attempt sailed five feet past the hole. Day knocked down the birdie putt and Noren did likewise before play was suspended.
With Day in the clubhouse, Noren had a chance to win on 18 in regulation, but he sent his second shot sailing over the green and into a walkway underneath the CBS television tower. He was given a drop in the field of play and sent his next shot onto the green but missed his birdie putt to remain at 10-under.
Meanwhile, Palmer hit his third shot to within 18 inches of the hole and hit the birdie putt to become part of the playoff.
Palmer shot par on the first playoff hole while Day sank a 15-foot birdie putt and Noren knocked in a birdie tap-in.
"I'm ecstatic where my game is at now," Palmer said in a post-round interview, "especially on the greens compared to where it was the last year and a half."
J.B. Holmes shot 72 and finished fourth at 9-under 279. Keegan Bradley (70) was fifth at 8-under while Charles Howell III (69) and Tony Finau (73) finished in a tie for sixth at 7-under 281.
Woods' Sunday score matched his highest of his four trips around Torrey Pines. He had four birdies and four bogies on Sunday.
"I played a lot better today," Woods said in a post-round interview with CBS. "Tough conditions out there. It was tough scoring. I really wanted to shoot something around 65. I thought that might be a playoff number."
Overall, Woods said he was encouraged with his performance in the tournament.
"Very pleased," Woods said. "After not playing for a couple years and coming out on the Tour, I played a solid four days. I fought hard for these scores."
Woods hit only 17 of 54 fairways during his four rounds, matching the lowest of his career (2005 Nissan Open at Riviera). He hit just three fairways in each of the final three rounds after hitting eight during the first round.
Woods will next play in the Genesis Open at Riviera in the Los Angeles area from Feb. 15-18.
Asked what he needs to work on, Woods said "everything."
"I'm excited to get this one under the belt," he said.
Defending champion Jon Rahm of Spain had his second consecutive dreadful day by shooting 77 to finish in a tie for 29th at 286. Rahm had seven bogeys and just two birdies on Sunday. He shot 75 on Saturday.
San Diego native Phil Mickelson also struggled with a final-round 74 that consisted of three birdies and five bogeys. He finished in a tie for 45th at even-par 288.