MARANA, Ariz. — TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Jason Day, a No. 11 seed in the bracket featuring the top-64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, finished third at the WGC Accenture Match Play Sunday playing the new R1 driver after winning four matches in trying conditions to advance to the Semifinals for the first time in his career. Day, who dominated his opening-round match, dispatching his opponent 6&5 in match play, continued with impressive wins over a rookie PGA Tour winner and the defending Masters champion en route to the Final 4.
Day”s momentum slowed in the semifinal match, faltering to a 4&3 loss, but rebounded with an impressive 1up victory in the consolation match to finish 3rd place and propel himself to No. 35 in the latest OWGR. After starting 2-down through six holes in his semifinal matchup, Day won the seventh, eighth and ninth holes to take a 1up lead before hanging on for a 1up victory on the 18th hole. Although Day wasn’t his sharpest in the semifinal match, he says there’s plenty of positives to take away from an impressive and confidence-building run through the bracket at Dove Mountain.
“I think the whole week in itself was a positive week for me,” Day said. “I played good golf against great golfers.”
Day, who switched to the R1 driver at his first event of the season, the Farmers Insurance Open, enters the week ranked 17th in driving distance (299.8) on the PGA Tour. After a third-place finish at WGC, he’ll look to build on the momentum from Dove Mountain at this week’s Honda Classic at PGA National.