Filipino-Australian Jason Day captured his first grand slam title in record fashion with a 20-under par total to win the PGA Championship.
Day carded a five-under par 67 in the final round at Whistling Straits for a 20-under total of 268 – breaking Tiger Woods’s major-record low winning total of 19-under set at the British Open in 2000.
Day, who will rise from fifth to third in the world rankings, took a two-stroke lead into the final round – his biggest 54-hole lead at a major after holding at least a share of the top spot through three rounds in both the US and British Opens this year.
His father, Alvin, was an Irish Australian and his mother Dening was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia in the early 1980s.
Day is the first-ever of Filipino descent to win a grand slam men’s golf championship.
The Filipino-Australian golfer was emotional during his victory.
“I didn’t expect I was going to cry,” Day said. “A lot of emotion has come out because I’ve been so close so many times and fallen short. To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.”
“As long as I am healthy, I feel like I’m going to be there a long time,” Day said. “I still want to accomplish that No. 1 goal of mine, which is to be the best player in the world. I’m still motivated and still very hungry for that, even after this win.”