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It's Jason's Day as Australian holds his nerve to win maiden major championship

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Major moment: Day held his nerve to get over the line.
Major moment: Day held his nerve to get over the line.
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AFTER A SUCCESSION of near misses, Jason Day held off the challenge of a chasing pack including new world number one Jordan Spieth to win his maiden major title at the PGA Championship.

The Australian did it in historic fashion by becoming the first player to finish on 20-under par in a major championship.

Day carded a five-under par 67 in the final round at Whistling Straits — breaking Tiger Woods’s major-record low winning total of 19-under set at the British Open in 2000.

Day thwarted Masters and US Open champion Spieth’s bid to become the third man to capture a three majors in one year, but Spieth had the consolation of seizing the  number one ranking from Rory McIlroy with his runner-up finish after firing a four-under 68 for 17-under 271.

Four front-nine birdies – one of which came via a 40-foot putt – saw Day four clear with nine to play, and he went on to seal his third win of 2015 – and the most significant of his career.

Spieth finished outright second on 17 under to cap a stunning year in the major tournaments. South African Branden Grace (third on 15-under) and Englishman Justin Rose (fourth at 14-under) also celebrated strong major years with brilliant showings – the pair both finishing in the top four at Augusta, and Rose also contended at The Open with a tied-for-sixth result.

- © AFP, 2015

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