Jason Day battled a wayward driver and a few inner demons to claim a two-stroke win at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Jason Day took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship and ended up winning by two strokes.
But it was far from a walk in the park for the 30-year-old from Queensland who battled a wayward driver, some inner demons and a couple of Americans to claim his 12th career PGA Tour victory.
“I had no idea where the ball was going today, especially off the tee,” Day said after the round. “I missed a lot of fairways, missed a lot of greens. My short game stood the test which was nice.”
A couple of opening nine bogeys were cancelled out by the turn and Day looked comfortable holding a three shot lead with young American Aaron Wise and the long-lost Nick Watney his nearest competitors.
But the lead was gone four holes later when Wise made birdie and Day made his second consecutive bogey after finding the water at the short par-4 14th.
Day settled took back the lead holing an 11-foot birdie putt at the 16th but it was at the 17th where Day showed his mettle under pressure.
Day’s tee shot crashed into the flagstick at the 233-yard par-3 17th. The resulting birdie saw Day take a two-stroke lead to the final hole.
A great up-and-down for par at the last saw Day card a 2-under par 69 and raise his second tournament trophy for the year, the third time Day has multiple victories in his career after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
But importantly a win without playing his best golf and one where he had to overcome a few hurdles before finishing on top.
“You sit there and play mental games with yourself subconsciously saying, ‘You can’t do this. You’re going to fail, you’re going to fail’,” Day said straight after the round. “I just kept on saying to myself, ‘Forget about it and keep pushing.'”
With this win Day will now jump back into the world’s top-10 ranked golfers and is now just one PGA Tour victory behind Adam Scott who has 13.
For the record, Greg Norman has the most Australian wins on the PGA Tour with 20.
Australian golfers with 10 or more @PGATOUR wins 🇦🇺⛳🔟➕
20 Greg Norman
18 Jim Ferrier
14 Bruce Crampton
13 Joe Kirkwood Sr
13 Adam Scott
12 Jason Day
10 Steve Elkington
— AussieGolfer ⛳ (@AussieGolfer) May 7, 2018