Let's break it down: Holmes was in the hunt for the top spot at Torrey Pines, but with Jason Day in the clubhouse at 10-under, it meant Holmes would need an eagle on the par-5 18th at the South Course to grab a tie with Day and Alex Noren, who was waiting to take his shot after Holmes.
"I was close at the Australian Open a year ago and didn't quite get over the finish line, but it's really nice to get over the finish line here". It was his 11th PGA Tour victory and he moved to ninth in this season's FedExCup standings. Day ranked second in driving distance for the week at 320 yards.
"It's been a long time (without winning) so happy to start off the year great", said Day, who also triumphed here three years ago. Day made birdie on the first hole played Monday to win his first title since the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.
However, with light fading, the four-hole playoff has pushed play into an extra day and will resume on Tuesday morning (AEDT). After both players birdied 18 on playoff hole No. 5, play was suspended.
However, the Aussie recovered brilliantly, eventually going shot-for-shot with Noren before the day was forced to an end with darkness rendering play near-impossible.
"Alex is playing some tremendous golf", Day said in a post-round television interview. In some sports (i.e. the volatile ones such as golf and baseball), entry percentage matters more than in other, more consistent ones (e.g. basketball).
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Day, Noren and Palmer completed 72 holes at 10-under 278.
Day, the victor of this event in 2015, laid up short of the water hazard with his second stroke before dialling in a stunning approach to within two feet to all but end Noren's chances of a maiden PGA Tour victory.
But the show belonged to Day and Noren as the final round meandered toward sunset. Wood finished tied for 23rd at three-under par.
Woods' Sunday score matched his highest of his four trips around Torrey Pines.
Overall, Woods said he was encouraged with his performance in the tournament. "I fought hard for these scores".