Mon, May 7, 10:35am by Head Editor
Former World No.1, Australia’s Jason Day, has claimed his second PGA tour win of the year, winning the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, by two shots from American pair Aaron Wise and Nick Watney.
After being challenged, the Queenslander came home strongly with birdies on two of the last three holes, which was enough to see him hold on for his 12th career PGA title.
The World No. 14 finished with a score of 12-under 272 at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow, but it could have been even better on the 17th, when his 210-metre tee shot hit the flag but didn’t drop in.
The likeable Aussie made the ensuing one metre birdie putt, becoming the only player to birdie that hole in the final round.
Quail Hollow doesn’t hold fond memories for the 30-year-old, having faded late in last year’s PGA Championship and it looked like history was going to repeat when Day faltered with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14, which saw Wise draw level at 10-under.
It was then that the likeable Aussie was able to steady though, following the pair of birdies on 16 and 17 with a clutch 2-metre putt on 18 for the two-shot win.
The Queenslander has moved onto the second line of betting ($17) to take out next month’s US Open, but he has moved in from $21 to the second favourite at $15 to take out this week’s Players Championship, which he won in 2016, at Sawgrass in Florida.
Top pick at Sportsbet for TPC Sawgrass is Rory McIlory ($13). The Northern Irishman finished nine shots back in a tie for 16th at Quail Hollow on Monday (AEST).
The Players Championship
Rory McIlroy $13
Jason Day $15
Justin Thomas $15
Dustin Johnson $17
Jordan Spieth $19
Rickie Fowler $21
Jon Rahm $26
Justin Rose $26
Sergio Garcia $26
Tiger Woods $29
Hideki Matsuyama $31
Paul Casey $34
Henrik Stenson $34
Patrick Reed $34
Phil Mickelson $34
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