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Jason Day Breaks Five-Year Winless Drought with Victory at AT&T Byron Nelson

Jason Day Breaks Five-Year Winless Drought with Victory at AT&T Byron Nelson

Jason Day earned his first victory on the PGA TOUR for five years with a one-shot victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The 35 year-old Australian, who’s last victory on the PGA TOUR was the Wells Fargo Championship in 2018, hit a nine-under final round of 62 to finish on 23 under, one shot ahead of Austin Eckroat and Si Woo Kim in joint-second place to cement victory at TPC Craig Ranch.

He began the final round in tied for fourth but hit four birdies on the front nine to climb up the leaderboard to share the lead. He claimed the outright lead with a chipping in for a birdie on the 12th and despite pressure from Kim, who shot a 63 to move to 22 under, victory was secured with a ninth birdie tapping in the final hole.

This is Day’s 13th career PGA TOUR win. His first ever title on the PGA TOUR also came in the same tournament back in 2010.

“It’s been a struggling few years, five years since our last win,” said the former World No.1.

The way I played today was really special. I’m very pleased and happy with how things have progressed over the last couple of years.”

Following the tournament, Day also revealed that he almost quit the sport due to struggles with illness and injuries as well as also dealing with witnessing his mother’s battle with cancer which led to her death last year.

“It was very emotional to go through and to experience what she was going through, then I had injuries on top of all of that going on in my life,” he said. “To be honest, I was very close to calling it quits. I never told my wife that, but I was okay with it, just because it was a very stressful part of my life.”

World No. 2 and hometown favourite, Scottie Scheffler, finished the tournament in fifth on 20 under alongside Tyrell Hatton and Dou Zecheng.

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the PGA Championship between May 18-21 taking place at the Oak Hill East Course in Rochester, N.Y.