MELBOURNE, Australia – Jason Day made an emotional return to golf at the World Cup to win his first tournament in more than three years at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.
His 7-foot putt to save par on the 16th hole held off a faltering Thomas Bjorn. Day had a 70 for a 10-under total of 274, two strokes ahead of Denmark’s Bjorn, who finished with a 71 after two late bogeys.
Day’s last victory came at the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in 2010, although he’s had four top-five finishes in majors since 2011.
The World Cup was Day’s first tournament in five weeks and came less than two weeks after he learned that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the devastating Nov. 9 typhoon in the Philippines.