Final Wrap Up – PGA of America – 97th PGA Championship – Whistling Straits – Kohler, Wisconsin –
Aussie Jason Day closed the door on Jordan Spieth and the rest of the field on the home ward nine at Whistling Straits to capture the 97th PGA Championship.
Day looked confident as the 54-hole leader and carded a 5-under-67 to finish 20-under and win the title by three shots. Day came up short a few seasons ago at the Masters and then earlier this season at the U.S. Open and Open Championship. But, he finally breaks through for his first major title.
Spieth’s solo second moved him past Rory McIlroy (T-17 at 9-under) into the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking — the first American other than Tiger Woods to land at the top spot in more than a decade.
Day moved up two spots to No. 3 in the world. Bubba Watson is now 4th followed by Rose, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia rounding out the Top 10 in the world.
Rose was fourth at the PGA at 14-under, while Brooks Koepka and Anirban Lahiri logged T-5 efforts. Dustin Johnson, George Coetzee, Matt Kuchar, Robert Streb and Tony Finau managed Top 10s.
Spieth finished the major championship season with two wins (Masters and U.S. Open), a runner-up (PGA) and he missed the playoff at the Open Championship by a shot.
Other Golf news:
- Day’s victory prevented all four major titles from landing in the hands of Americans. It would have been the first time since 1982 that American-born players secured all four majors in one season.
- Branden Grace (15-under and solo third at the PGA) moved up to No. 20 in the world rankings. Grace also had a shot to win the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He has a pair of Top 5s at the majors — his career-best showings.
- Brooke Henderson, 17, captured her first LPGA Tour title winning the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots. At 21-under, Henderson smoked the field that included Lydia Ko (T-46) and Stacy Lewis (T-27).
- Tiger Woods has missed three straight cuts in the major championships and may miss the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He is schedule to play this week at the Wyndham Championship in Greenboro. Woods is still at 14 major wins –four behind Jack Nicklaus.
- Day was a 14-to-1 betting pick heading into the PGA, according to ladbrokes.com.