Jason Day had long developed a reputation amongst Golf betting fans for being one of the best players in all the PGA, but he had never been the very best in one of the majors. He chose the 2015 PGA Championship to make his stand, refusing to let go until he had come away with the trophy. He was so emotional in his victory that tears came no the 18th green and even when he was talking with reporters after the round had ended.
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Day went into Sunday’s final round leading crowd favorite – and the winner of the U.S. Open and the Masters in 2015 – Jordan Spieth by two strokes. Day calmly birdied four of his first seven holes to keep a nice lead, and then he made hit smoothly around in style to take his first title. His final round was 67 (-5). He beat Spieth, who was his playing partner, by three strokes. Branden Grace finished five back, one ahead of Juston Rose.
Day said, “I was trying to hold back the tears over the first putt,” referring to the 18th green. “And when I saw the putt go up to half a foot, I just couldn’t stop crying. It’s just a lot of hard work that I’ve been putting into this game to dedicate myself to have a shot at glory, have a shot at greatness.”
Now Day will sit third in the world rankings. He destroyed the PGA Tournament’s record for shots below par, easily beating the top scores at the PGAs at Whistling Straits. He finished for the most under par in one of the major championships, a record that had stood since 2000 when Tiger Woods destroyed St. Andrews in the British Open.
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Day finished 20 below par for the tournament, 11 strokes over the former world #1, Rory McIlroy, who came in 11 shots back at -9. McIlroy fell out of the #1 ranking in the world, a spot now held by Jordan Spieth. Despite the fact that 16 players finished in double digits under par, most players said that the course was not playing easy. Such shots as Day’s 382-yard drive right down the fairway on #11 on the last round made it impossible for the competition to catch up.
Day said that he felt like he was going to make all his putts going into Sunday’s round. He only needed 27 putts in his round. He hit 13 greens in regulation and 10 of the 14 driveable fairways. Spieth said that his goal was to bring pressure early on Sunday, but Day simply blew him away with birdie after birdie. Spieth wanted to become only the third player to take three majors in one season, following Ben Hogan in 1953 and Tiger Woods in 2000, but the #1 world ranking should be a consolation for him. After all, he finished 2nd at the PGA and just missed the playoff at the British Open too.
Day referred to Sunday’s round as the hardest of his life, but he sure didn’t make it look tough at all. It will be interesting to see if he keeps challenging Spieth atop leaderboards.