Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Day wins World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia — After nearly withdrawing due to a family tragedy, Jason Day made an emotional return to golf at the World Cup to win his first tournament in more than three years.

Day, the third-round leader, shot 1-under 70 for a two-stroke win Sunday over Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (71) at 10-under 274.

Day's last victory came at the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in 2010, though he has had four top-five finishes in majors since 2011.

The World Cup was Day's first tournament in five weeks and came less than two weeks after eight of his relatives, including a grandmother, died in the Nov. 9 typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands.

His mother, who immigrated to Australia from the Philippines 30 years ago, and sister were just off the green on No. 18 at Royal Melbourne. They hugged him as he walked to the scoring tent to sign his card.

"It's just been an amazing tournament," Day said. "My mother, my family, coming … to support me. I'm just so happy the hard work has paid off, and I'm glad it happened in Melbourne.

"It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on … but I really wanted to … play."

Day earned $1.2 million for winning the individual title and helped Australia win the team portion with 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott (66), who finished third, three shots back. They combined for 17-under 551, 10 shots better than the runnerup American team of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman. Kuchar (71) finished 6 under, Streelman (74) 1 under.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng finished her year with the richest prize in women's golf. Feng shot 6-under 66 to win the season-ending LPGA Titleholders by one shot over Gerina Piller (69) at 15-under 273 in Naples. The win was worth $700,000 and put Feng fourth on the money list with just more than $1.7 million. She started the day two behind co-leaders Piller, Natalie Gulbis and Pornanong Phatlum. Phatlum (70) finished third at 13 under. Gulbis shot 10-over 82 and finished 1 under. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (76) was 2 over and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (74) 6 over. Lydia Ko, 16, shot 70 and finished 4 under in her pro debut.

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