Day survives to earn first win at Byron Nelson|
Irving, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Day landed in the water on the 18th for
the third time this week, but he managed to get up and down for bogey and that
was good enough to give him the win Sunday at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Day finished with a round of two-over 72. He ended at 10-under-par 270 to earn
his first victory on the PGA Tour.
"It wasn't easy at all. It was a pretty tough day," admitted Day, who earned
$1.17 million for the win. "I'm just so happy I was able to get it done. I am
really proud of myself."
Blake Adams needed a par on the 18th to force a playoff, but he also hit his
second shot into the water. Adams walked off with a double-bogey that closed
out a round of two-over 72.
Adams shared second at minus-eight with Brian Gay (63) and Jeff Overton (71).
Scott Verplank (67) and Cameron Beckman (68) tied for fifth at seven-under-par
273 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas.
Jordan Spieth, the 16-year-old amateur who became the sixth-youngest player to
make the cut in a PGA Tour event, stumbled to a two-over 72 Sunday. He ended
in a share of 16th at minus-four.
"The entire round, the entire week is nothing like I've ever experienced with
the support I've gotten out here," said Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior
Amateur Champion. "I'm extremely happy with how it ended. I let my emotions
take over a little too much this week, especially when I made my bogeys."
Day and Adams, playing in the final pairing, headed to the 18th tee with Day
leading by a single stroke. Adams hit his drive well right of the fairway, but
had a shot through the trees to the green.
The 22-year-old Day didn't want to hit his drive in the water as he had done
earlier in the week so he hit an iron off the tee and ended in the first cut
on the right side of the fairway.
Day's second shot hit the bank just off the left edge of the green and kicked
into the water. Adams punched his second across the fairway and into the water
Adams played his fourth to 21 feet. Day took his drop and pitched to 14 feet.
After Adams ran his bogey putt past the cup, Day poured in his bogey effort to
close out the win.
"I really wanted to get it done," Day said. "Ever since I was a little kid,
I've wanted to win on the PGA Tour, I'm just so happy right now. It's very
special. It is an honor to win Mr. Nelson's tournament."
Adams tapped in for his double-bogey and a share of second.
Day stumbled out of the gates with a bogey on the first. He responded in fine
fashion as he birdied the second and came back with another birdie from just
over 20 feet at the fourth.
Leading by two, Day ran into more trouble on the fifth. He missed the green at
the par-three and was unable to get up and down for par. Day found a bunker at
the seventh and couldn't save par there either.
He still led Adams and Overton by one, as Adams had bogeyed the sixth.
However, Day faltered to another bogey on the eighth to drop into a share of
the lead at 10-under.
Adams birdied the 10th to move atop the leaderboard at 11-under. Day, who had
settled in with back-to-back pars from the ninth, rolled in a seven-foot
birdie putt on the 11th.
That gave him the lead as Adams struggled to a bogey on the same hole. Day
nearly holed his approach for eagle on 12 as his second shot hit the stick.
His ball stopped three feet from the hole and he tapped in for birdie.
Day now led by two, but he dropped another stroke on the 13th. Adams fell two
back with a bogey on 15, but rebounded with a birdie on 16. After they both
parred 17, Day was able to gain the win despite a bogey at the last.
Overton had gotten to 10-under with a birdie on the seventh, but he played the
remaining 11 holes in plus-two with two bogeys and nine pars.
NOTES: Day's win made it two straight weeks that an Australian won on the PGA
Tour as he followed Adam Scott's victory last week...Spieth was the seventh
amateur to post a top-20 finish at the Byron Nelson Championship...Gay's 63
was the low round of the day by three strokes...The PGA Tour remains in Texas
next week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where Steve Stricker
is expected to defend his title.
05/23 19:06:44 ET