The Australian beat South African Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the
afternoon final at Austin Country Club to clinch his sixth win in
his last 13 tournaments worldwide.
Day, who sank a 12-foot par putt at the final hole to beat defending
champion Rory McIlroy one-up in a morning semi-final, was already
assured of regaining the world number one ranking from American
"It's been an amazing week. I played wonderfully this afternoon,"
Day, 28, said at the victory presentation, adding that he had only
been a "50-50" chance to continue in the event after tweaking his
back during the opening day of competition.
"Iíve been able to not only utilize the great short game that Iíve
had from last week to this week, but to be able to play the way I
did from tee to green and then on top of it hit the clutch shots has
been really fantastic."
Oosthuizen, the 16th seed, qualified for the final when he beat
Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello 4&3 in the other semi.
Day lost the first hole of the final, but that was his only setback
as he relentlessly kept up the pressure on Oosthuizen and turned the
back nine into a victory march.
Day's ninth career PGA Tour victory was his second in as many weeks
after he triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last Sunday.
It was also Day's second win in three years in the only World Golf
Championships event that uses the match play format.
He also made it four wins in five weeks for Australian players on
the PGA Tour, after Adam Scott won twice in Florida at the Honda
Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Day's hot streak stretches back to last July.
After missing out on a playoff spot at the British Open by one
stroke at St. Andrews, Day won the Canadian Open the following week
before picking up his first major victory at the PGA Championship in
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He will now have a week off to recharge before the first major of
the year, the Masters, where he will be the man to beat.
"Itís never easy winning," he said. "I canít get too complacent with
how Iím playing. I need to focus on the little things that make me
great and go into Augusta and prep the exact same way I have in the
Runner-up Oosthuizen tipped his hat to the champion.
"I couldnít buy a birdie. Up against a guy like Jason, you need to
go out three-to-four-under to have a chance," said the 2012 Masters
"Game is shaping up really nice for Augusta. Thatís everyoneís focus
In the match for third place, Cabrera-Bello beat McIlroy 3&2.
Cabrera-Bello's strong week elevated him into the top 50 in the
world and earned him a spot at the Masters.
McIlroy struggled in the consolation match, frustrated after losing
his semi-final against Day.
"Today I just didnít hole the putts I needed to and Jason wasnít
giving me anything either," said the Northern Irishman.
"I think that just shows how well Jason is playing at the minute."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Alan
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