Jason Day Wins the Match Play Championship


0  Updated at 5:09 am, February 24th, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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Stuart Franklin/ Getty Images Sport (MARANA, Ariz.) —  Jason Day breathed a sigh of relief Sunday when he outlasted Victor Dubiosson in a playoff to win the Match Play Championship.

Day clinched the victory on the 23rd hole with a pitch to 4 feet on No. 15 for birdie.

“The biggest thing was, `How much do I want to win?” I kept saying that to myself. Last night, I kept visualizing myself with the trophy,” Day said. “I’m glad I could finish it off. But it was a close one.”

It was the first time the championship match went overtime since the inaugural year in 1999 at La Costa.  Dubuisson took an all-or-nothing swing with the ball at the base of a cactus and hit it to 4 feet to save par.  On the next hole, the 23-year-old somehow whacked a wedge through a desert bush and rocks and onto the green for another par.

“Those two shots were amazing,” Dubuisson said. “I just played it like I had nothing to lose.”

At the end of the tournament, Day walked away with his second PGA Tour title that will take him to No. 4 in the world.

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