Day registersemphatic victory over Chappell

Miami, May 16

World No 1 Jason Day drew comparisons with Tiger Woods after an emphatic four-stroke victory at the $10.5 million Players Championship in Florida on Sunday.

Day was never seriously tested in the final round en route to his seventh victory in his past 17 starts, a hot streak that few other than Woods can boast in the modern era. He began the day with a four-shot cushion, and never led by less than two strokes despite some wayward tee shots at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. He displayed a stellar putting touch to card 71 and finish at 15-under 273. American Kevin Chappell (69) birdied two of the final three holes to claim the runner-up spot on 11-under.

Day, 28, is the fourth Australian to win the PGA Tour’s flagship event, after Steve Elkington (1991 and 1997), Greg Norman (1994) and Adam Scott (2004). Scott on Sunday called Day’s recent run “Tiger-esque”, and Day spoke of his friendship with the 14-time major champion.