Day Finally Breaks Through At PGA With Solid Final Round

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Spieth Takes Over Top Position In Golf Rankings

By John Ventola

Hard luck Jason finally enjoyed a solid finishing Day on the way to his first major title at the PGA Championship Sunday. Australian Jason Day held off Jordan Spieth by shooting a closing round five under par 67 to capture the fourth major of 2015 with a major record-breaking 20 under par over the Whistling Straits course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Day, who enjoyed either the third-day lead or share of the lead for his third straight

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Day Wins First Major With Record Setting 20 Under Par Effort

major, played a solid final round to break Tiger Woods’ old major championship record of 19 under par, and never let any of the other top finishers gain ground during the final day. His consistent play allowed him to walk away with a lucrative $1,800,000 check, not bad for four days of “play”!

Starting Sunday with a two-stroke margin over Spieth, Day was emotional on the 18th green as he celebrated his big victory with his wife and son. Spieth, who fashioned a final round 68 to finish second by three strokes at 17 under par, replaced Rory McIlroy as the game’s top ranked player after the event. McIlroy had reigned as golf’s top-ranked player for a year. Spieth’s second place finish netted him $1,080,000.

More importantly, Spieth’s high finish topped off four solid major performances in 2015 and easily made the 22-year-old Texan golf’s Numero Uno. He captured The Masters in early April in a wire-to-wire victory. In June he caught up with Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen on the final day of the U.S. Open to win by one stroke at Chambers Bay in Washington. Spieth was one stroke away from making The Open (British Open) playoff a four man match (won by Zach Johnson), and was Day’s only real challenger at the PGA.

Spieth’s aggregate 54 under par in the four 2015 majors breaks Wood’s minus-53 in 2000. Day’s minus-35 this year is the third highest aggregate total. England’s Justin

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Spieth’s Minus-54
Aggregate 2015 Major Total Breaks Woods’ 2000 Mark

Rose tallied a minus-34 aggregate 2015 score (including two 14 under par finishes), the fourth highest major total in the past thirty years. The fact that Rose did not win any majors this year shows the quality of golf played this season.

McIlroy, who had been recovering from an ankle ligament injury which occurred in a pick-up soccer kickaround that resulted in his missing The Open (British Open), finished seventeenth by shooting four under par rounds and finishing at nine under par for the tournament.

Branden Grace and Rose finished third and fourth, respectively, when Rose bogeyed the final hole.  A missed par putt cost Rose $100,000 as Grace walked away with

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Grace And Rose Finish Third And Fourth While Zach Johnson And Woods Miss Cut

$680,000 for his 15 under par and Rose earned $480,000 for his 14 under par four-day effort. A par putt would have resulted in the pair sharing money. Not many $100,000 putts on the local links—at least I hope that is the case.

Zach Johnson, who won The Open playoff and was the 2007 Masters winner, and Woods both missed the cut when they shot two-day scores of 75- 72 (Johnson), and 75-73 (Woods).

Fast starter Dustin Johnson opened the tournament with a scintillating 66 first round, but faded to a one-over 73 in Friday’s round. Johnson posted 68 and 69 weekend scores to finish at 12 under par and tied for seventh place.

Other recent tour winners, America’s Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk, tied with five other players for thirtieth position with four under par scoring.

Day, 28, has used consistent play over the last two years to replace Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters Champion, as the top Aussie golfer. Beset with back and thumb injuries

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Spieth, McIlroy, Day Now Golf’s Top Trio

late in 2014, Day now has his game primed to join Spieth and McIlroy in future major battles during coming years.

While Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are the big belters on the circuit, Day, Spieth, and McIlroy parlay a controlled game that features solid ball-striking, consistent, imaginative, short games, and terrific putting touches.

The next decade should be fun watching this trio of young golf stars doing their thing. Taming courses, and a game, that is hard to conquer on a consistent basis.

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