AFTER coming close so many times tears streamed down the face of Jason Day as he stood over a short par putt to clinch the 2015 US PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.
The 27 year old Aussie shot a final round 5-under 67 to beat a dogged Jordan Spieth (68) by three strokes and set a 20-under record major score.
He became the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship, after Jim Ferrier (1947), David Graham (1979), Wayne Grady (1990) and Steve Elkington (1995).
“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to ever grow up and be on the PGA Tour,” Day said.
“It’s an amazing feeling, this has been a dream since I’ve been 12 years old – to stand up in front of a crowd like this and hold the PGA (title) is really special.
“I didn’t expect to cry. A lot of emotion came out. “I’ve been so close [to a major] so many times.
“To play the way I did … I could tell that he (Spieth) was the favourite, and to play the way I did and to finish the way I did was special.”
Sharing the win was long time coach, caddie and confidante Col Swatton who initially gave up his teaching job to concentrate on working with the precocious young teenage talent.
With his second placing Spieth overtook Rory McIlroy as world No.1 with Day now No.3.
Jason Day’s winning putt: Video
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