Australian golfer Jason Day won the US PGA Championship at on Sunday, August 16th at Whistling Straits when he finished the four-round tournament with a mark of 20-under par. It was Day’s first major title win. The 27-year-old wrapped the victory by shooting 67 on the final day to beat American Jordan Spieth by three strokes. Branden Grace of South Africa was third with 15-under for the tournament and England’s Justin Rose was fourth at 14-under.
Day’s 20-below par places him in the golfing history books at it was the lowest total score for one of the sport’s four major tournaments. Day, who is now the world’s third-ranked golfer, did enough to hold off the 22-year-old Spieth, but Spieth’s runner-up finish now sees him take over as the world’s top-ranked golfer from Northern Ireland’s 26-year-old Rory McIlroy. Spieth was crowned the US Open and Masters champion earlier this year. McIlroy, the defending champion, finished the PGA Championship at nine-under par and in 17th position.
The 144th edition of the British Open grand major golf tournament was the longest in history due to the five-day length which was caused by bad weather. In addition, it also went down to a three-golfer, four-hole playoff to decide the winner. The players decided the winner by playing the first, second, 17th and 18th holes. When all was said and done at St Andrews in Scotland on Monday, July 20th, the Claret jug was handed to 39-year-old American golfer Zach Johnson.
The other two golfers in the playoff were Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Marc Leishman of Australia. American Jordan Spieth missed out on his chance at a Grand Slam tournament win when he fell short of making the playoff round by just one stroke. Johnson has now captured a pair of major titles as he also won the Masters tournament back in 2007. He won the British Open by one shot over Oosthuizen when the South African blew a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Leishman didn’t fare too well as the placed three shots behind Johnson.
American golfer Jordan Spieth won his second major tournament of the year on June 21 when he captured the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington. The 21-year-old had already won the Masters in 2015. Spieth came up with a one-under par 69 on the final round to give him five under for the four-day tournament and he won it by just one stroke over Dustin Johnson of America and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who tied for second place. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the top-ranked golfer in the world, finished the event at par.
Spieth still has a shot at becoming the first ever golfer to win all four of the majors during a calendar year. In addition, he’s now the youngest player to capture the U.S. Open since back in 1923 when Bobby Jones did it. He’s the sixth golfer to win the U.S. Open and Masters in the same year and is the fourth youngest to triumph in two majors. While he showed steady hands on the course, Spieth happened to drop the lid off of the trophy soon after he was handed it.
Twenty-one-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas won the Masters golf tournament in fine fashion in Augusta, Georgia on April 12 as he finished the event with an 18 under par 270. The score ties the record set by Tiger Woods back in 1997 and Spieth ended up winning the green jacket tournament by four strokes over Justin Rose of England and Phil Mickelson of America. Spieth wert into the fourth and final round with a four-shot lead and that was all he needed to ensure the victory.
Woods was also just 21 years old when he won the Masters for his first major with a score of -18,but was just a few months younger than Spieth. Woods has won the Masters four times during his career, but he never led the event from wire to wire like Spieth did. Spieth is now the fifth player to lead the tournament from start to finish and the first to achieve the feat since 1976 when Raymond Floyd did it. He got off to a great start in the first round by shooting an eight-under 64 and he never looked back.
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