Farmers Open playoff runs out of daylight, so Day and Noren will battle again on Monday

Tod Leonard, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Golf

SAN DIEGO -- The sun had long dipped into the nearby Pacific Ocean. The yellow, near-full moon was brightly reflected in the pond on the 18th hole of the Torrey Pines South Course.

And Jason Day wanted to keep on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open, like five bucks were on the line instead of the first prize of $1.24 million.

The Aussie and a Swede, Alex Noren, had played five playoff holes -- three times matching with birdies on the par-5 finisher.

But everybody decided to call it an evening when Noren had to squint to see the line on his 5-foot birdie putt that kept the battle alive.

"I would go still," said Day, mostly joking while standing on the 18th green with the light of a television camera illuminating his face. "We just need a few cars on the fairways to show us where we're going."

Fans would have been thrilled to oblige to see a finish meant for the movies, but the combatants were forced to come back on Monday. They will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific time on -- fittingly -- the 18th hole, and then, if needed, move to the par-3 16th and par-4 17th before returning to 18.

The playoff is already the longest in the tournament's 50-year history at Torrey Pines. Only twice before had extra play gone three holes or more -- Woody Blackburn's win in 1985 (four holes) and Phil Mickelson's 2001 victory (three).

"I'll play all day tomorrow if I need to get the win," said Day, 30, a 10-time tour winner and former world No. 1 who is trying to capture the Farmers Open for the second time since 2015. "This is why we practice. It's a lot of fun to be out here in amongst the crowds and having a lot of fun."

Whoever wins will hoist the trophy to a few golf claps.

As was the case in 2016, when a violent Sunday storm felled numerous trees on the golf course, Farmers Open officials decided not to allow spectators on the course on Monday, citing security and volunteer issues. In '16, Brandt Snedeker won without hitting a shot on Monday.


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