Jason Day never stopped believing he would win the Match Play Championship, even in the midst of so many shots by Victor Dubuisson that defied belief.
With his ball at the base of a cactus, Dubuisson took an all-or-nothing swing though the sharp needles and a TV cable and incredibly hit it to 4 feet to save par. Seemingly out of it on the next playoff hole, the 23-year-old Frenchman somehow whacked a wedge through a desert bush and rocks and onto the green for another par. Day finally ended the madness Sunday in Marana, Ariz., on the 23d hole with a pitch to 4 feet on No. 15 for birdie.
It was the first time the championship match went overtime since the inaugural year in 1999 at La Costa, when Jeff Maggert chipped on the second extra hole of a 36-hole final.
Day, with his first World Golf Championship, walked away with his second PGA Tour title that will take the Australian to No. 4 in the world. Yet this tournament might better be remembered for Dubuisson’s magical escapes.
‘‘Vic, man, he has a lot of guts,’’ Day said. ‘‘He has a great short game — straight out of the cactus twice. For a 23-year-old kid, he’s got a lot of game.’’
Two holes down with two holes to play, Dubuisson rapped in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and then took advantage of a rare lapse by Day, who bogeyed the 18th hole with a three-putt from 50 feet on the upper tier. The Frenchman saved par from the bunker to force extra holes.
Day won $1.53 million. Dubuisson earned $906,000, all but assuring a PGA Tour card for next year. In the semifinals, Day beat Rickie Fowler, 3 and 2, and Dubuisson topped Ernie Els, 1 up.
LPGA — Anna Nordqvist ended a five-year victory drought when she beat defending champion Inbee Park by two strokes to win the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi.
Nordqvist, the leader the last three days, shot a final-round 68 for 15-under-par 273, to edge Inbee (66) at 13-under 275.
Catriona Matthew shot a second straight 65 to finish third at 277. Michelle Wie, who was tied for second after three rounds, shot three birdies plus an eagle in a 69, another shot back.