McIlroy and Day back in world's top 10; Rory bumps Dunne from Ryder Cup team
Jason Day's approach to the sixth extra hole finished just 18 inches away.

Jason Day's approach to the sixth extra hole finished just 18 inches away.

Australia's Jason Day hit a stunning wedge to 18 inches on the sixth extra hole to beat Alex Noren and claim the Farmers Insurance Open in a Monday finish at Torrey Pines.

The former US PGA champion and world No 1 got back into the winner's circle for the first time since he claimed the 2016 PLAYERS Championship 20 months ago and moved up four places to tenth in the world rankings.

Day (70), 54-hole leader Noren (73) and American Ryan Palmer (70) tied on 10-under par on the South Course at Torrey Pines on Sunday.

But while Palmer was eliminated after making par on the first extra hole, the 18th, Day and Noren could not be separated after another four holes.

Play was suspended until Monday morning, and it was Day who claimed his 11th PGA Tour win, sinking an 18-inch birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole at a near-deserted venue — his fourth birdie on the par-five hole in the playoff.

According to reports, spectators weren't allowed in because organisers said they didn't have time to arrange for security.

Noren tried an aggressive second shot from the first cut, but his ball landed short of the green and rolled into Devlin's Billabong.

Day, meanwhile, hit his second shot out of the rough and over some trees onto the fairway before spinning a wedge back to 18 inches from the cup.

Noren dropped in the fairway around 40 yards from the pin but failed to hole out for birdie and then missed for par before Day tapped in his short putt for victory.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Day said, who battled injury and the upset of his mother's cancer diagnosis last year. 

“I know last year wasn’t the best year for me. …I worked hard in the offseason to get back in this position.”

On Sunday, Day and Noren birdied the par-five 18th all three times they played it – on the first second and fifth playoff holes – and made par on the par-three 16th and par-four 17th holes.

The top seven in the world rankings remain unchanged, but Rory McIlroy rises three places to eighth following his runner-up finish in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with champion Li Haotong becoming the first Chinese golfer to break into the world's top 50 following his 28-places jump to 32nd.

Noren moved up three places to 16th but Shane Lowry fell three places to 67th following his missed cut in San Diego while Paul Dunne dropped two spots to 76th after missing the five-under-par cut by one in Dubai.

Tiger Woods share of 23rd moved him up 108 places to 539th in the world while McIlroy's second-place finish also moved him up to eighth in the European Ryder Cup World Points List, bumping Dunne out of the top eight automatic places in Thomas Bjorn's team.

Lowry is the only Irishman in action in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open while Darren Clarke flies the flag in Malaysia in the European Tour's Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

Official World Golf Ranking

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Jon Rahm
  3. Jordan Spieth
  4. Justin Thomas
  5. Hideki Matsuyama
  6. Justin Rose
  7. Rickie Fowler
  8. Rory McIlroy
  9. Brooks Koepka
  10. Jason Day
  11. Sergio Garcia 
  12. Henrik Stenson 
  13. Tommy Fleetwood 
  14. Marc Leishman 
  15. Tyrrell Hatton 
  16. Alex Noren
  17. Paul Casey
  18. Pat Perez
  19. Matt Kuchar
  20. Brian Harman 
  21. Rafael Cabrera Bello 
  22. Francesco Molinari 
  23. Charley Hoffman 
  24. Patrick Reed
  25. Xander Schauffele 
  26. Ross Fisher 
  27. Branden Grace 
  28. Matthew Fitzpatrick 
  29. Louis Oosthuizen 
  30. Kevin Kisner 
  31. Daniel Berger
  32. Li Haotong
  33. Kevin Chappell 
  34. Thomas Pieters 
  35. Satoshi Kodaira 
  36. Patrick Cantlay 
  37. Tony Finau
  38. Charl Schwartzel 
  39. Adam Scott 
  40. Webb Simpson 
  41. Jhonattan Vegas 
  42. Siwoo Kim
  43. Yuta Ikeda
  44. Bernd Wiesberger 
  45. Jason Dufner 
  46. Kyle Stanley 
  47. Dylan Frittelli 
  48. Zach Johnson 
  49. Phil Mickelson 
  50. Russell Henley

Other Irish

  • 67 Shane Lowry
  • 76 Paul Dunne
  • 163 Padraig Harrington 
  • 209 Graeme McDowell 
  • 311 Seamus Power
  • 361 Gavin Moynihan
  • 642 Michael Hoey
  • 669 Jonathan Caldwell
  • 840 Dermot McElroy 
  • 926 Niall Kearney
  • 977 Ruaidhri McGee
  • 1076 Cormac Sharvin
  • 1267 Brendan McCarroll
  • 1321 Chris Selfridge
  • 1347 Niall Turner
  • 1381 Gary Hurley
  • 1385 Rory McNamara
  • 1385 Brian Casey
  • 1410 Darren Clarke
  • 1542 Tim Rice
  • 1757 Damien McGrane 
  • 1813 Kevin Phelan
  • 1891 Stephen Grant
  • 1914 David Carey