Jason Day hits off the first tee during the final round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament.
Jason Day hits off the first tee during the final round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament. Tony Gutierrez

Day misses out in sudden-death playoff

AUSTRALIAN Jason Day has missed out on winning his first US PGA title in more than a year after defeat in a playoff at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament.

Day, who has not won on the US PGA Tour since his success at the Players Championship last year, finished level on 12-under with American Billy Horschel after the final round in Texas.

The two went into a sudden-death playoff on the 18th hole where the Aussie missed a putt from around a metre to have his first three-putt of the tournament, handing victory to the American.

Day had shot a final-round two-under par 68.

He was seeking his first win in just over a year at the tournament that provided the first of his 10 tour victories back in 2010.

The Queenslander looked to be heading to a victory when his chip shot over a bunker on the 15th hole toom him to a one-shot lead.

But a birdie for Horschel tied things up and the two went to extra time.

World No.76 Horschel admitted he had been struggling before this win.

"This is the most emotional of all the four (wins)," he told Sky Sports.

"The other three I was playing well going into them and this one I wasn't, I can't lie, I didn't have any success.

"Jason didn't have his best game out there, and I know I didn't, but we both battled.

"This is what I know of myself. I am as good as the top players in the world.

"Do I have as much talent as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlory? No. But I try to get everything out of my game that I can and if I can do that I can compete with these guys."

News Corp Australia

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