Jason Day won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after managing to keep a calm head during an incredible fight back from Frenchman Victor Dubuisson. Day was ahead by three shots after 12 holes but Dubuisson pulled off two excellent birdies and then capitalized on a Day error on the 18th.
The tournament was Day’s to lose and it seemed like he might just lose it when a combination of skill and luck helped Dubuisson pull off some truly unbelievable shots. Dubuisson twice saved par by hitting the ball through a series of native cacti and some non-native television cables. The path may as well have been clear though as the shots were as perfect as you could hope for. Jason Day merely laughed and took it in his stride. It was this calm and collected attitude that saw him win after 23 grueling holes.
Jason Day has moved into the No.4 position on the PGA table after this his first World Match Play win and his second PGA Tour title.
The tournament is a knockout five day, six match tournament that begins on a Wednesday. Prize money is official on the PGA Tour and this year totaled more than $8 million; Day taking home $1.53 million and Dubuisson earning $906,000.
In the semi finals, Day took out Rickie Fowler and Dubuisson beat Ernie Els. Third place was taken by Fowler in 19 holes.
The second place victory will see Dubuisson rise considerably in the rankings and should see him with a spot on the Ryder Cup team in September.