Jason Day Ekes Out Win At The Arnold Palmer Invitational
Jason Day won his eighth crown on the US PGA Tour after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a single shot. The Australian is expected to become No. 2 in world rankings after coming out on top on the last day of the tournament in Orlando, Florida.
Day was up by two shots in the final round before getting a two-under-par 70 to end with 17-under 271 as he won over Kevin Chappell. The Queensland native said it meant so much to him. He added while it was not his best day, he was able to get the job done. Day received a text from Tiger Woods encouraging him in the morning.
The victory of Jason Day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational follows his victory at the BMW Championship last year. It also comes before the Masters set to be held on April 7. He will have the opportunity to get back-to-back championships at the Masters following his victory at the US PGA Championship last year.
Chappell was ahead by one shot with two holes left to play. However, Day’s luck changed as he got a birdie and clutch par save from the bunker on the last two holes. His tee shot reach around 12 feet from the 17th hole before he made the birdie.
Chappell was aiming for his first win on his 150th career start. Henrik Stenson and Troy Merritt faltered late in the tournament as they closed out with 71s. Day’s compatriot, Adam Scott, was in a five-way tie at 12th place after getting a 69 in the last round. Scott would have gotten a better finish if he did not have a double-bogey in the last hole.
After the first round, Scott was in third place together with four other players. However, his poor showing in the second round dropped him out of contention. On the other hand, Marc Leishman finished in a three-way tie at 17th place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.