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Its back to Torrey Pines for Noren & Day

 

Third-round leader Alex Noren of Sweden and former World No 1 Jason Day of Australia will have to come back to Torrey Pines South this morning (Monday) to finish the Farmers Insurance Open playoff halted on Sunday evening by fading light.

The duo had battled through five extra holes before agreeing it had become too dark to continue.

This after American Ryan Palmer, who had tied with Noren and Day with a 10-under 278 total after the regulation 72 holes, was knocked out of the playoff at the first extra hole when he was unable to match the birdies of his opponents.

Day had posted a final-round 70, Noren a 73, and Palmer a 72.

Only five extra holes were possible on Sunday due to an unusually slow final round that saw the final pairing take five hours and 55 minutes in gusting winds that saw many players taking much longer than usual with their club selections.

One example, for instance, was the four minutes JB Holmes, who finished a stroke outside the playoff, took to play his second at the par-five 18th.

Day, seeking his first win since the Players Championship in 2016, said he was ready to "go the distance" on Monday

"I'm going to try to get some rest tonight and I'll play all day tomorrow to win if need be," he said.

"This is something new for me to go through a playoff and come back the next day. Man, this is stretching things out a little longer than I wanted but I just want that 'W' real bad."

Noren had one hand on the trophy when he wedged his third shot to tap-in distance at the first extra hole, the 18th, but Day matched the birdie by draining his putt from eight feet out.

An hour later there was still no winner as both sank five-footers in failing light on the 5th extra hole.

"I could barely see my last putt, but this is what I play for, so I'm excited," Noren said.

"It's better this way (returning on Monday) than maybe missing a short one when you can't see."

The playoff is set to continue at 8 am local time (1600 GMT).

Tiger Woods, the long-time World No 1, never really contended, but he continued his encouraging comeback from spinal surgery by finishing in a tie for 23rd, seven strokes off the pace.

LEADING FINAL SCORES
(Par 72 - USA unless stated)

278 Jason Day (AUS) 73 64 71 70, Alex Noren (SWE) 70 66 69 73, Ryan Palmer 66 67 73 72 (*see report above about the playoff)
280 Holmes 70 72 65 72, Keegan Bradley 70 69 71 70
281 Charles Howell III 69 72 71 69, Tony Finau 65 70 73 73
282 Robert Garrigus 69 70 73 70, Harris English 70 68 73 71, Marc Leishman (AUS) 71 69 69 73, Justin Rose (ENG) 69 70 69 74
283 Tom Hoge 72 69 72 70, Hideki Matsuyama (JAP) 72 69 73 69, Retief Goosen (RSA) 70 68 72 73, Brandon Harkins 70 70 70 73, Lanto Griffin 72 68 69 74, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 70 72 67 74, Luke List 69 66 73 75, Gary Woodland 74 68 66 75
284 Cameron Smith (AUS) 71 68 73 72, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 68 73 71 72, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 72 69 73 70
285 Patrick Reed 68 72 72 73, JJ Henry 70 72 70 73, Tiger Woods 72 71 70 72, Chesson Hadley 71 72 71 71, JJ Spaun 70 71 69 75, Michael Kim 69 68 70 78.

 

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