The 30-year-old Australian - an OH resident who can be found courtside at Cavaliers games - fought through some wayward tee shots and self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday.
Tiger Woods believes he's on the verge of putting it all together and winning his first PGA tournament in five years - if he can just start rolling the ball a little better on the greens. He then added birdies at the 12th and 13th - failed to birdie the two easiest holes on the back, the 14th and 15th - and added another at the 17th. He then hit his approach on the par-4 16th to 11 feet and poured in a snaking, downhill putt for a birdie to regain the lead.
While hardly knocking the pins down on Sunday, he hit his irons well enough for the most part over the four rounds to suggest he is adjusting quickly to them.
He made the ensuing three-foot putt to take a two-shot lead, becoming the only player to birdie the hole in the closing round.
When he sputtered at the start, there was no reason to panic that he wasn't taking advantage of a great day for scoring.
"I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week", said Woods, who has won 79 career PGA Tour events and 105 professional tournaments overall.
"One of the best wins I have ever had", said Day, who never felt on top of his game on Sunday.
Day, who captured his lone major crown at the 2015 PGA Championship, stood on 10-under 203 after 54 holes at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"Your sub-conscious is sitting there going, 'You're going to fail, you're going to fail, you're going to fail'". If I would have made a few more putts or just putting normal, I would have been up there next to the lead. Three consecutive pars to close out the round prevented Uihlein from breaking the record as the red-hot American finished the day tied with Bryson Dechambeau (66), Paul Casey (69) and Aaron Wise (70).
With the driver in his hands, Day said he feels more comfortable and is hitting it better than he was two years ago when he won the PGA Championship and reached No. 1 in the world.
It was the kind of performance that one would expect from the world's top-ranked player, although Day's victory would move him to just seventh in the ranking. "When the pressure was on, I kept my head about me and pulled off some incredible shots". "The chances I did have, I missed them all", lamented Woods. I need to do a lot of work if I want to try and win next week, but I'm obviously coming off a nice win here.
A second Featured Group was also announced, consisting of reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas, along with the last two FedExCup champs before him, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
Tiger Woods struggled to a 74 in the final round, his worst score of the tournament, and was tied for 55th, 14 shots behind Day.
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