Jason Day Wins PGA Championship For First Major Victory
We all knew it was only a matter of time before Jason Day won his first major golf championship, and on Sunday at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, Day’s time finally came when the Aussie won the 2015 PGA Championship.
Day began Sunday’s final round in the lead at 15-under, and he never let that lead slip away, shooting a 67 to finish the tournament at 20-under,. That score set the PGA record for lowest score to par in a major championship—breaking Tiger Woods’ previous record of 19-under at the 2000 British Open.
After finishing in the top 15 in three of the past five PGA Championships (he missed the cut in the other two), Day was finally able to break through thanks to a brilliant performance from start to finish, shooting a 68 or better in each of the four rounds (68, 67, 66, and 67). It was a remarkable way to cap off what has been an interesting grand slam performance for Day in 2015, as he finished 28th at the Masters, 9th at the US Open, and 4th at the British Open.
With the win, Day pockets $1.8 million in earnings and 600 FedEx points, while second-place finisher Jordan Spieth earns $1.08 million and the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings—ending Rory McIlroy‘s year-long reign atop that list.
Here’s a look at an emotional Jason Day coming to the realization that he’s finally won his first major championship: