Jason Day has finally added a long awaited Major title to his name, securing the PGA Championship this morning at Whistling Straits.
Firing a history-making score of 20-under 268, Day has also set a new record for the lowest to par score to win a Major Championship. This was previously set at 19-under the card by Tiger Woods at The Open in 2000.
Starting the final round with a two-shot lead, Day was the man to beat and held off challenges from playing partner Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Branden Grace.
It was an emotional victory for Day and a title that has been a long time in the making for the 27-year-old who has been a consistent performer in all Majors this year.
“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to grow up and be on the PGA TOUR, and be all emotional here but it’s an amazing feeling,” said Day.
“All the work that I have put into my game, since I was a 12 year-old kid, to be able to step in front of a crowd like this and win the PGA Championship is pretty special.”
Day has overcome injury and illness in his quest for his first Major, suffering thumb and back problems and more recently vertigo at the US Open.
“I didn’t expect that I was going to cry, a lot of emotion has come out just because I have been so close so many times in Major Championships and just fallen short,” added Day who prior to his win had recorded nine top-10 finishes in the Majors.
“Just to be able to play the way I did and finish the way I did was just amazing.”
Day becomes the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship behind Steve Elkington (1995), Wayne Grady (1990), David Graham (1979) and Jim Ferrier (1947).
Australian golf fans all around the world are celebrating after watching another Australian engrave their name on the Wanamaker Trophy.
“Together with all Australian golfers, I congratulate Jason on his first Major title,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.