(L-R) Jason Day and Alex Noren.
There is no question that Tiger Woods was the main topic of discussion among golf media and fans leading up to the FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN this past weekend.
However, it was Jason Day and Alex Noren who, in the end ( and it was a long end) provided most of the drama. Back in the day, a playoff to decide a tournament champion was a rarity. Already in 2018, we have had three, one which lasted four holes and two that took six to determine a winner. This one may have been the most bizarre.
After battling for four days and carding identical ten-under par 278 scores, Day and Noren battled evenly through five playoff holes Forced to yield to darkness as the sun set over Torrey Pines, the fact that Tiger Woods made his first cut since 2015 on Friday was a mere afterthought as fans headed into the San Diego night.
Day and Noren were up to tee off by 8 a.m. Mercifully, Day was the winner on the sixth playoff hole, the first one of the day.
While nobody is ready to conceive of a PGA Tour without Tiger, what happened at Torrey Pines bodes well, strangely for the PGA Tour. If this latest comeback attempt fails, golf can be interesting, competitive, and have elements of drama without Tiger Woods.