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Jason Day marks return to top of world rankings with WGC-Dell Match Play success


Jason Day holds aloft the the Walter Hagen Cup

Jason Day claimed a second WGC-Dell Match Play title in three years with a comfortable victory over Louis Oosthuizen in the final.

The 28-year-old Australian, who will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday, cruised to a 5&4 win against the former Open champion at the Austin Country Club.

“I’m very, very thrilled,” said Day, who saw off Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals. 

“”It’s been a memorable week this week, not only winning the Dell Match Play championship but also to get back to number one in the world.

“I have really enjoyed this golf course. I have been able to utilise the great short game that I had from last week but also to play the way I did from tee to green and hit the clutch shots.”

Oosthuizen won the opening hole after driving the green on the short par four, but lost the third after finding a hazard with his second shot and went behind for the first time when Day birdied the fourth.

A bogey on the seventh saw the South African fall further behind and Day turned the screw with a birdie from six feet on the ninth to close in on a second win in succession, following his victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. 

Day, who feared he would be unable to continue in the event after injuring his back on Wednesday, moved further ahead with a birdie on the 13th and was three feet away from another on the 14th when Oosthuizen bowed to the inevitable and conceded.

“It was 50/50 when I woke up on Thursday and was hitting balls on the range,” Day added. “My team wanted me to get an MRI on my back but I thought if I have to pull out I can get an MRI back home. I’m very pleased with how it recovered so quickly.”



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