PGA Championship Winner Jason Day Sets New Record
After 6 top ten finishes in 2 years finally Jason day gets his reward by winning the PGA Championship. Add to that, the fact he set a major championship record of 20 under par means that he has now left his mark on golfing history.
Day had a difficult life from the age of 12, first losing his father to cancer, he then got into alcohol, and fights at school. His mother sacrificed the family home to enable her to send him to boarding school which has now proved to be a life changing decision for Jason.
I think it would be fair to say that the current group of young players that you usually see at, or near the top of leader boards now has a another member of that group and deservedly so. Maybe this victory could the first of many titles for Day.
After a 314-yard drive on the par-5 16th hole at Whistling Straits, Jason Day had a decision to make. Ahead by three strokes in his bid to win his first major championship, Day could lay up with his next shot, which was the smart but conservative move, or go for the green as if he had nothing to lose.
Day did not deliberate for long. In the previous two majors, he had held at least a share of the 54-hole lead and had failed to win. Six times since 2013, he had posted top-10 finishes at golf’s four biggest annual events.
He was going to win the 97th P.G.A. Championship or go down swinging from his heels. Using his 4-iron, Day hit a towering draw that landed on the fringe of the green. He made a birdie to get to 20 under par, and that was where he finished, closing with a five-under 67 to beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes.
Branden Grace of South Africa finished third at 15 under, one stroke ahead of Justin Rose of England.
Day’s 20-under-par score set a major championship record for strokes under par, beating by one the mark set at the 2000 British Open by Tiger Woods, whose success inspired Day to pursue golf as a career. As a teenager in his native Australia, Day read a biography about Woods that fanned the flames of his desire.
“It had results from age 13 to when he turned professional, and the scores were just amazing,” Day said in an interview last year. “It was like, ‘Why am I not shooting these scores?’ That book inspired me to practice and really work on my game.”
To alter the major championship record book at Woods’s expense, Day said, “is fantastic — it’s an amazing feeling.”
Woods, a 14-time major winner, missed the cut here, but he cast an ethereal shadow over the final pairing, Day and Spieth. While Day motored full speed ahead toward Woods’s major record, Spieth tried in vain to draft off his wake. After titles at the Masters and the United States Open, Spieth, 22, was trying to become the third man, and the first since Woods in 2000, to win three professional majors in the same year. He carded a 68 to complete his 16 rounds at this year’s major tournaments in 54 under. He set the record spree rolling in April by tying the Masters record of 18 under.
After Sunday’s tournament, Woods wrote on Twitter: “Very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season.”
If a clairvoyant had told Spieth he would shoot a 17-under 271 for the week, he would have prepared a victory speech. He called Day’s performance “a clinic to watch.”
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Below Jason Day’s 50 foot putt.
Tiger – former champion