Jason Day nearly hits hole in one en route to winning Wells Fargo Championship
Former world number one Jason Day has almost aced the 17th hole on the way to a two-stroke victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.
After squandering a three-shot lead on the back nine, Day made amends to clinch his 12th PGA Tour victory in style at Quail Hollow in Charlotte ahead of Americans Nick Watney and Aaron Wise.
The Australian birdied the 16th and then took aim at the par-three 17th hole with a seven-iron from 230 yards.
His ball landed some 40 feet short of the pin, took a huge first bounce and finally clattered against the bottom of the flagstick on the fifth bounce.
Day was unlucky not to make a hole-in-one, but the stick also saved his ball from rolling off the back of the green.
The ensuing three-feet birdie restored his two-shot lead and he parred the last to finish at 12-under 272.
Day rated the victory one of the best of his career, not because of the quality of his play but more due to his ability to get the job done without his best game.
“I had no idea where the ball was going today, especially off the tee,” he said in an interview on the 18th green.
“I missed a lot of fairways, missed a lot of greens. My short game stood the test, which is nice. This is probably one of the best wins I’ve ever had, just because of how hard everything was today.”
It is only two years since Day was dominating the game, but he slightly lost his way and surrendered the spotlight.