If you weren’t watching the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, you missed out on quite the display of professional golf. Alex Noren, former Oklahoma State golfer, started the day with a one-shot lead after 54 holes. To grab his first PGA Tour win, he’d have to fend off a heroic effort from some of golf’s elite.
After 72 holes of regulation, we still didn’t have a winner. Jason Day, Ryan Palmer, and Alex Noren engaged in a sudden-death playoff after being tied at 10-under through regulation.
Palmer would eventually be knocked out after the first playoff hole, but Day and Noren would duke it out in a battle that wouldn’t be decided on Sunday.
The two traded shot after shot, the momentum shifting after each blow.
Noren, a nine-time European Tour winner, hung tough in the clutch moments with one of golf’s best. With daylight fading, the two traded tournament-deciding six-foot putts. Day put the pressure on with this putt, forcing Noren to make his or go home. Noren would make his putt, and force the tournament into a rare fifth day.
Because 77 holes wasn’t enough. Wow. We leave the FIO tied. Jason Day and Alex Noren will face off once again tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/GJyf5rxMx4— KMcMackin (@KalynMcMackin) January 29, 2018
Due to waning daylight, the conclusion of the tournament was pushed to tomorrow morning. Noren and Day will tee off tomorrow morning at 8:00 A.M. PT (10:00 AM CT) on the Golf Channel.