AFTER 20 attempts and nine top 10's Jason Day has finally won a major title. The 27-year-old put the icing on a brilliant performance at Whistling Straits with a final round 67 to win the 97th PGA Championship in Wisconsin by three shots.
Day stood up to a host of challengers on the final day, birdies coming thick and fast on a Whistling Straits course softened by rain on Friday night and pummelled by the field.
Day is the first Australian to win a major since Adam Scott took the 2013 Masters and the fifth Australian to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy.
Day joins Jim Ferrier, David Graham, Wayne Grady and Steve Elkington as Australian winners of the year's final major.
After top five finishes in each of the previous two majors Day arrived at Whistling Straits determined to deliver and achieved the win in fine style, never outside the top five after any round and never headed on Sunday.
Long tipped by analysts as Australia's best young player Day has been frustratingly close in the big events, six times inside the top five and three times joint or solo runner-up.
But the four time PGA TOUR winner swept all those numbers aside at Whistling Straits with a dominant performance under the most intense pressure imaginable.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ROUND WRAP:
“I didn't expect I was going to cry,” Day said at the presentation ceremony when asked if he'd visualised the moment.
“A lot of emotion has come out just because I've been so close so many times in major championships and just fallen short.
“To be able to play the way I did today, especially in tough conditopns and with Jordan in my group...to be able to finish the way I did was just amazing.”Day began the final round two shots ahead of World Number Two and the hottest player in the world this year, Jordan Spieth, but never gave the phenom a chance.
Having left a birdie putt short on the 72nd hole at St Andrews to miss a play-off by a shot Day attacked from the outset on Sunday at Whistling Straits to make the turn at 3-under after four birdies and a bogey.
He kept up the pressure on the back nine to cruise to a final round 67, becoming the first player to reach 20-under -par in a major.
THE BIG 11 - AUSTRALIAN GOLF'S MAJOR CHAMPIONS
* 5 - Peter Thomson - 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965 British Open
* 2 - Greg Norman - 1986, 1993 The Open Championship
* 2 - David Graham - 1979 US PGA Championship, 1981 US Open Championship
* 1 - Jim Ferrier - 1947 US PGA Championship
* 1 - Kel Nagle - 1960 British Open
* 1 - Wayne Grady - 1990 US PGA Championship
* 1 - Ian Baker-Finch - 1991 British Open
* 1 - Steve Elkington - 1995 US PGA Championship
* 1 - Geoff Ogilvy - 2006 US Open
* 1 - Adam Scott - 2013 Masters
* 1 - Jason Day - 2014 US PGA Championship
THE 97TH PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD
|1||JASON DAY (AUS)||-20|
|T21||MATT JONES (AUS)||-7|
|T25||CAMERON SMITH (AUS)||-5|
|MC||JOHN SENDEN (AUS)|
|MC||MARC LEISHMAN (AUS)|
|MC||GEOFF OGILVY (AUS)|
|MC||STEVEN BOWDITCH (AUS)|
|MC||ADAM SCOTT (AUS)|
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