Day's Accenture win moves him to # 4
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship | Wrap | 24 Feb 2014
A birdie at the 5th extra hole against a gritty Victor Dubuisson has given Jason Day the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, a title he likely felt he had in his grasp 90 minutes earlier.
For Day the victory will see him rise to number four in the world and for the first time in their history Australian Golf has two players inside the top four in the game.
Day was up early in his match against the Frenchman who although number 34 in the world was a surprise packet of the week.
Day was still three up at the 9th but it would take another 14 holes before he would win another at the 23rd, Dubuisson fighting and scrapping for survival as he produced several of the most magnificent recoveries to keep the match and himself alive.
Day too needed all his fighting qualities as he was called on several occasions to make short but crucial putts to keep his hopes of his second PGA Tour title alive.
The crucial moments in the match are almost too many to remember but this match up will long be remembered as one of the most gripping encounters in the 16 year history of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.
Day had beaten Rickie Fowler in the morning semi final while Dubuisson defeated Erne Els to get through to the Championship match.
“Victor has a lot of guts and a great short game,” said Day of his opponent after the match. “For a 23 year old kid he has a lot of game and you are going to see a lot of him for years to come.”
“For me the biggest things was how much do I want it I kept visualising myself with the trophy last night.
“Looking ahead the best thing about this was every day felt like it was Sunday. I played six rounds this week and over 110 holes and just to know that you can dig down and keep fighting and not quite until it’s over is what it is all about. I wanted this so bad I don’t think i have ever wanted anything so bad in my life and definitely very pleased with it”
Day earns US$1,530,000 and will have next week off before playing the WGC Cadillac at Doral in two weeks time. In the last three months, including wins at the World Cup (Individual and Team) his runner-up finish at Torrey Pines, this victory and one or two other good weeks, Day has earned close to US$4 million and moved into the absolute elite of the game.
Dubuisson announced his arrival on the world scene with several good scalps this week and will rise considerably from his current 34th ranking to just outside the top 20.
For the record Ricke Fowler won the consolation against Ernie Els 1 up