Going into the weekend it appeared that Jason Kokrak had one hand firmly on the trophy but all of that changed on moving day. Saturday turned into a birdie fest for some players and after the storm blew through on Sunday morning and the tour moved to 3-somes off split tees Jason Day found himself in the last group with James Han and Billy Horschel.
After 14 holes Horschel and Day were tied for the lead. Han was in the middle of a three hole stretch of bogeys. Day made an unbelievable chip in birdie on 15 that was covered by one from Horschel on 16 and they stood on the 71st hole tied for the lead.
Everyone made a par on 17. On 18 Han was two shots back. Day hit his approach shot to 20 feet and Han was next to play. On the broadcast Nick Faldo said that Han needed to hit his ball right of the hole and just past it, have it spin left and find its way into the hole to force the issue. It was very foreshadowing as his ball hit, checked left and spun down towards the cup only it lipped out and Han would have to settle for third. Day and Horschel both made pars and after finishing at -12 they went back to the 18th tee for the playoff.
On the first playoff hole both players flared their drives to the right and Day was first to play. He hit his ball to the right side of the green not wanting to take the flag on. Horschel hit his ball about 20 feet below the cup. Day lagged his put down to about 4 feet past the hole and Horschel snuggled his up there closed for a tap in par. Day studied his come backer and as he was standing over it CBS gave him the announcers jinks in putting up a sign that Day had not 3 putted all week. Day then pulled his putt and Horschel was the winner.
This was also a special week on tour. A few weeks ago at the Zurich Classic John Senden had found out that his 13 year old had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Steven Bowdich got the rest of the players to wear Rubix Cube patches on their hats in support of him. It was a really nice gesture to see ALL of the players wearing this and a great message of support for Senden and his son.
Dads Say So it was great to see another golfing dad get a win this week. Billy Horschel hadn’t won since winning the FedEx cup a couple years back so for him to get a win was great. It was also great to see ALL of the players and cadies come together for John Senden. Hats off to Steven Bowdich for coming up with a great way to support Senden and to get all of the players behind it. As the PGA Tour says “Anything is Possible” so here is to Senden’s son getting through this nasty stretch and we look forward to seeing Senden back on tour as quickly as possible.