Date: July 09, 2007
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Jason’s perfect day

Queensland teenager Jason Day became the youngest player to win on the US PGA Tour when he took out the Nationwide Tour&aposs Legend Financial Group Classic. Adding further to the Australian flavour at the StoneWater course in Ohio were Scott Gardiner and David McKenzie, who finished second and fifth, respectively. The 19-year-old Day carded all four rounds in the 60s, including back-to-back 67s on the weekend, to win by a stroke from Gardiner in a tournament record 16-under. “I&aposve worked so hard for this so it is great to come out with the win,” Day said on Monday. “It was a goal of mine to win on the Nationwide Tour during my first season, so to accomplish that is nice.” McKenzie and Day began the last round tied for the lead, but both found themselves trailing a red-hot Gardiner by two shots after nine holes. As McKenzie faded with a one-over 70, it was left to Day and the 31-year-old Gardiner to duel for the title down the stretch. There was a two-shot swing at the par-4 15th, when Gardiner failed to make par and Day sank a long birdie putt to draw level. Gardiner relinquished the lead with a bogey at the 16th, but gave himself a chance of forcing a playoff with a birdie at the last hole. But Day was not to be denied a breakthrough win after three top-10 finishes in his rookie season on the tour, nailing his pitching wedge to within six feet and making no mistake with the putt. “I will remember this win forever”, Day said. “I just wanted to get across the finish line first. I had a lot of good players chasing me today which makes this even more special. There was good pressure, so to come away with the win does a lot for my confidence.” The winner&aposs cheque moves him up to eighth on the Nationwide Tour money list and will go some way to easing the pain of his disappointing final rounds when in contention earlier this year. Day shot an eight-over 80 when paired in the last group at the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, and failed to mount any sort of challenge when in front after three rounds of the LaSalle Bank Open, fading with a one-over 73 on Sunday. *Youngest players to win on a PGA Tour-sponsored event (includes US PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour events) 1. Jason Day (Australia) – 19 years, seven months, 26 days. 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic Presented by Cynergies Solutions 2. Johnny McDermott&aposs – 19 years, 10 months. 1911 US Open 3. James Oh – 21 years, five months and 27 days. 2003 Mark Christopher Charity Classic. (Source: www.pgatour.com) Final results from the US Nationwide Tour&aposs Legend Financial Group Classic Presented by Cynergies Solutions: -16: Jason Day (Australia) 68 66 67 67 -15: Scott Gardiner (Australia) 66 66 70 67 -14: Arjun Atwal 70 68 66 66 -12: Joe Daley 67 67 68 70 -11: Martin Laird 67 68 72 66, Chad Collins 70 70 66 67, John Riegger 70 67 68 68, David McKenzie (Australia) 66 69 66 72 -10: Todd Fischer 69 69 67 69, Brock Mackenzie 68 67 68 71 Other Australasians -7: Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 69 70 70 68 -1: Richard Swift (Australia) 65 73 71 74 +4: Bradley Hughes (Australia) 71 69 76 72