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Jason finally has his Day at 97th PGA Championship


There were emotional scenes on Sunday as Jason Day finally clinched his first major title at the 97th PGA Championship after withstanding heavy pressure from Jordan Spieth.

Day was the measure of calm as he got off to a hot start and then held his nerve down the stretch to card a closing five-under 67 – setting a new major championship record with a winning score of 20 under par, sealing a very impressive three-shot victory over Spieth, who can console himself in replacing Rory McIlroy at the top of the World Rankings.

The Australian was good for the win after leading from start to finish during the final round at Whistling Straits. And having previously recorded nine top-10 finishes in major championships, few could honestly begrudge him this success.

Day was in tears before he had even tapped in for par at the 18th and then sobbed on the shoulder of his long-time caddie and coach, and the man who took him under his wing as a 12-year-old struggling to overcome the death of his father, Colin Swatton.

"I didn't expect I was going to cry," he told a Sky Sports camera. "A lot of emotion has come out because I've been so close so many times and fallen short.

"To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.

"I lose my dad at 12, and then meet Colin and have him walk the journey with me... and to have him walk up the 18th hole with me was just a special, special thing, that I could never forget.

"Me and Col have been working so hard on the swing, especially over the last few weeks, and the driving. It propelled me to win this week.

"If I didn't drive as long and as straight as I did, there's no chance I would have won this tournament just hitting it average.

"I learned a lot about myself, again, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I've had in the past with previous major finishes definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this."

Day climbed to a career-high World No.3 with his victory and was thrilled after setting a new low at the majors with his 20-under total.

"It's a fantastic record to hold," he said. "There have been such amazing golfers... and to have that record just goes to show the work I've put in is paying off."


What’s in the Bag? Jason Day

Here is the equipment which helped Jason Day to PGA Championship glory:


TaylorMade R15 Driver

TaylorMade Aeroburner Fairway Wood

TaylorMade RSi TP

TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Wedge

TaylorMade Tour Prefeered X Golf Balls


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