We want to start out first off by saying that we completely underestimated professional golfer Alex Noren, mainly because he 35-year-old professional had never won on the PGA Tour.
When we switched on the golf to watch the final round, not only had he not faded, Noren was battling with the best of them. His final round was a one-over par 73, which as any golfer knows, will have Noren questioning every shot he hit yesterday, but his score was good enough to get him into a three-way sudden-death playoff with Jason Day and Ryan Palmer.
Day and Noren dispatched Palmer on the first playoff hole, and then went toe-to-toe for four more holes, after which they were forced to retire for the day due to darkness.
When they resumed earlier today, Day sank an 18-inch birdie putt to secure the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, near San Diego, California.
Both players can now claim intimate familiarity with the par-5 18th hole, as in the playoff alone, they played the hole four times.
Day needed only 13 minutes to snatch the win away from Noren, and give Day his 11th PGA Tour victory. Spectators were not permitted to observe the morning culmination.
Day had not won on the tour since the 2016 Players Championship, so he was obviously pleased to break his duck.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Day.
Noren is one of those sneaky golfers. No one has ever heard of him, but he has won nine tournaments on the European Tour and is ranked number 19 in the world, so the stage at the Farmers Insurance Open was obviously not too big for him.
The six-hole playoff was the longest in the history of the tournament.
The wind was howling at stages during the fourth round, to such a degree that even the best golfers in the world often had little inkling about what would happen to shots in flight, but Day and Noren matched each other with three birdies and two pars in the five playoff holes yesterday.