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Dominant Day wins THE PLAYERS Championship

World number one goes wire-to-wire for 10th PGA TOUR victory

The best field in golf was no match for Jason Day at The Players Championship.

Day caused only a little drama Sunday in what otherwise felt more like another coronation for the 28-year-old Australian. He led by at least two shots the entire round, played bogey-free again on the back nine at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course and closed with a 1-under 71 to win golf’s richest tournament.

“I just wanted to win this so bad,” Day said.

Along the way, he put a stamp on his No. 1 ranking. Day won for the seventh time in the last 10 months, titles that include a major, a World Golf Championship and a pair of FedExCup playoff events. He became the first wire-to-wire winner in 16 years at TPC Sawgrass and grabbed the lead in the FedExCup standings.

Day won $1.89 million from the $10.5 million purse.

He won by four shots over Kevin Chappell, who closed with a 69 to pick up a $1,134,000 consolation check.

The greens at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course were not nearly as severe as Saturday, when only six players managed to break par and Day made a pair of double bogeys to slow what had been shaping up as a runaway. This time, Day inflicted his own damage by missing greens and flubbing three chips on his way to a bogey on the par-5 ninth that cut his lead to two shots going to a back nine filled with possibilities.

With two quick birdies, the outcome soon was inevitable.

Day poured in a 15-foot birdie on No. 10 and another one from that range on No. 12. His last challenge was to make sure he found land on the island-green 17th, and his wedge made it with about 10 feet to spare.

“Playing the way I did on the back side, just bearing down, I’m going to hold this memory for a long time,” Day said.

He finished at 15-under 273, and he left his peers wondering what it would take to beat him when Day is on his game.

Day is the third No. 1 player to win The Players Championship, joining Greg Norman (1994) and Tiger Woods (2001 and 2013).

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