Jason Day dominated the field to win THE PLAYERS Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. He held a four-shot lead entering Sunday’s final round and maintained that advantage, finishing the four days with a 15-under par total of 273.
Finishing four shots behind the Australian was American Kevin Chappell, who fired a three-under 69 on Sunday. Ken Duke, Colt Knost, Matt Kuchar finished tied for third, five shots behind Day.
Like his round on Saturday, Day again found the front nine challenging. He bogeyed the sixth hole well as the par-five ninth to go out in two-over 38. No one stepped in to fill the void and Day kept the field at bay with a three-under par 33 on the back nine for a one-under 71.
With his victory, Day has now won seven tournaments since the end of July, solidifying his hold on the number one world ranking. No one else has won more than two.
THE PLAYERS is not an official major, but next to the PGA Championship, it provides the strongest field of any tournament on the tour. By dominating a field such as this (he also won the PGA last August), Day has established himself as one of golf’s elite.
“I just wanted to win this so bad,” said Day. “This could possibly push me over to getting into the Hall of Fame one day. And I’m just honored to be THE PLAYERS Champion.”
Rory McIlroy, the pre-tournament favorite, finished eight shots behind Day at 281. Defending champion Rickie Fowler and co-favorite Jordan Spieth both missed the cut.
Russell Knox of Scotland, a Jacksonville University alum, bounced back nicely from his disaster on the 17th hole Saturday. After taking a nine on the par three island hole, leading to a third round score of 80, he netted a four-under par 68 on Sunday to finish tied for 19th at five under. Knox bogeyed the 17th hole on Sunday.