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Historic Day at PGA Championship

By: John Galletley

Jason Day has stormed back from his heart-breaking loss at The Open Championship in an absolutely huge way and has now finally won a Major Title.

Jason Day has stormed back from his heart-breaking loss at The Open Championship in an absolutely huge way and has now finally won a Major Title.

Finally! Like his last name, it was truly the day for Jason Day as he captured his first major championship and ripped that monkey off his back. Most people involved in golf have said in the past that Day was too good to not have a major championship and that it would be when, not if, he would get his first. Well, Day proved them right in historical fashion at the PGA Championship.

There have been so many opportunities for Day to capture his first major in the past five years. He was a runner-up three times in the 2011 Masters, 2011 US Open, and the 2013 US Open. If that was not enough, he had another close call last month when he just missed the playoff in the Open Championship.

While Matt Jones started to fade in the third round, Day took full advantage by shooting a 66 and gave himself a two stroke lead entering the final round. Most people thought he just had to shoot about a 69 or 70 in the final round to win, but he kept his foot on the gas.

He did this by getting four birdies in his first seven holes. This put him at -19 and probably took out half of the competitive field. The only players that were still able to have a chance at catching him seemed to be Jordan Spieth, Branden Grace, and Justin Rose.

As good as those three were on the day (-17, -15, -14), there was no hope of catching Day with a lead already going into the round and shooting a 67 to secure the win. However, Spieth, Grace, and Rose all secured very successful years in majors. In fact, they might have each had their best years in majors of their careers.

Rose did win the US Open in 2013, but this is the first year he had three top 10 finishes in majors (T2 in Masters, T6 in Open Championship). Grace also had a breakout year after tying for fourth in the US Open and the biggest year of all belongs Spieth with Masters and US wins as well as top five finishes in all four majors (T4 in Open Championship).

Day was dominant not just today, but in the entire tournament. It showed because he ended up reaching a historical milestone of becoming the first player in the history of the PGA to finish at -20 in a major tournament. It seems like he was making up for lost time after coming up just short so many times before.

With the monkey off his back, it now jumps onto the back of other young golfers such as Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, and older guys such as Steve Stricker, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood.

For most golf fans, this was a great day (no pun intended) in golf not only because history was made, but because a talented golfer that the fans love finally got what he deserved, which was a major win that will put him on the next level of golfers.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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