Jason Day wins WGC Accenture World Match Play in superb final
Jason Day showed his credentials as a top golfer by battling back against Victor Dubuisson to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play final in spectacular fashion.
The Australian looked to be in complete control during the early stages of the match and found himself two up with two left to play, before missing a 20-foot putt for the title on the 17th hole.
Frenchman Dubuisson could smell blood and took no time in dealing some vital blows, taking the match down the 18th with a wonderful birdie – before then scrambling for a par on the last as Day left his attempt short having run a lengthy birdie putt some 10 feet past the cup, much to his frustration.
But it wasn’t until the players reached the first play-off hole that things really lit up in dramatic fashion.
Dubuisson saw his approach shot fly long into the desert, leaving what appeared to be an impossible chip shot. However, the Frenchman wasn’t in the mood to throw in the towel and managed a miraculous bump and run to five feet which was enough to secure a par, thus extending the match.
Both players were then sent to the ninth where once again Dubuisson produced a poor approach to find desert. But yet again the 23-year-old pulled something out of his hat, this time producing one of the most remarkable up-and-downs in the history of televised golf –despite his ball being hidden under a branch – as a bewildered Day looked on in stunned disbelief.
Both players continued to toil but neither could manage a par on the 10; both missing mid-range putts while Dubuisson missed a 25-foot putt for the title on the 14th, their 22nd.
However, with the light rapidly fading, Day managed to produce an excellent birdie on the short 15th and when Dubuisson’s putt missed its mark, the Australian was at last able to celebrate his first World Golf Championship title, of which he was most deserving.
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