SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – Jason Day held at least a share of the 54-hole lead in each of the last three majors. This time, he closed out the deal.
Day has won the PGA Championship with a record-setting performance that left him three shots ahead of reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. The 27-year-old Australian closed with a 5-under 67 for a 20-under total, breaking Tiger Woods’ major championship record for most strokes under par. Woods finished at 19-under when he captured the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews.
Day started the final round with a two-shot lead and continued to extend that advantage. He birdied the par-5 16th hole to get to minus-20 before closing with back-to-back pars.
Day showed his emotions following his first major victory. He closed the U.S. Open in June with a 74 to finish tied for ninth and had to settle for a fourth-place tie at the British Open last month before conquering Whistling Straits.
Spieth fell short in his bid to join Ben Hogan and Woods as the only players to win three majors in the same season. However, his second-place showing allowed him to pass Rory McIlroy as the world’s top-ranked golfer.
Branden Grace finished alone in third at 15-under, one stroke ahead of Justin Rose. Brooks Koepka and Anirban Lahiri tied for fifth at 13 under.