Day closed with a par – rolling a 45-foot birdie putt to within a foot and tapping in as the tears flowed.
One of the things I said to the women at the Beyond the Green program is that golf, like so many sports, can serve as a metaphor for life. “I could have done a little bit more but it would have been hard to shoot 8-under and to go 15-under on the weekend”.
Australia’s Jason Day won the PGA Championship in historic style on Sunday, capturing his first Major title with a record 20-under par total.
What really mattered was that shiny Wanamaker Trophy at his side.
“Just pure frustration”, he said.
After the 27-year-old captured the first major win of his career, he revealed that fans were yelling “choke!” at him down the stretch. I think the world is his oyster.
This time he left no room for error.
With his wife Ellie expecting their second child later this year, Day has made the tough decision to skip the Australian Tour, which would have included a tantalising showdown with Spieth at the Australian Open.
“It was fantastic”, Spieth said. “Just to be able to finish the way I did was awesome”.
Spieth has enjoyed a stunning rise to the top of the game and Rose praised the youngster’s temperament. By finishing second, he passed Rory McIlroy as the No. 1 player in the world. I never expected to be here. McIlroy now sits at No. 2 in the world.
But if this keeps up, Day might join him down the road. It was nearly like it was his fifth or sixth major.
The next 10-plus years of golf should be pretty fun. But not winning had haunted him. Spieth did everything he could to press Day throughout the afternoon. “But feeling, looking like it was easy”, said Day.
He called his man “100 percent resilient… tenacity, the willingness to fight, dig deeper than anybody”.
With at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the third straight major, Day never gave Jordan Spieth or anyone else much of a chance at Whistling Straits. McIlroy told Golf Channel’s Mercer Baggs it was a good week. Where I was based, I mean it wasn’t the greatest place. “And it feels good“.
He was three strokes in front of Jordan Spieth, the 22-year old American who captured two majors this year. Day missed out on the St. Andrews playoff by one shot and smashed his way to his first major at Whistling Straits.
“It was certainly was a lifelong goal of mine that was accomplished today”, Spieth said. He eschewed mistakes and, when he did make one, he bounced back well. “It was really a clinic to watch”.
Day’s next crack at a major will be at Augusta National in April and he has no doubts having the monkey off his back will help. By the time they got to the 17th, it was clear to Spieth that, barring a disastrous 18th hole, Day was going to win the tournament.