Jason Day back on form to take US PGA title
Once again, Majors season has come to a close with a thrilling finale. This year’s US PGA Championship, which was played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, was won by a man who many had previously thought incapable of succeeding in big game golf. Australia's Jason Day was able to prove his doubters wrong and bag the $1.8 million dollar prize with 4 spectacular rounds of golf that proved that he could bring his A-game when it mattered.
Jason Day's troubles began on the final fairway of the US Open at Chambers Bay, during the second round. Crowds were shocked when the player collapsed on the course and was seemingly unable to stand back up again without assistance. Doctors were quick to point out that his fall was due to non-threatening vertigo, which the player had been experiencing, on-and-off, since 2010. Although he was back on course the following day to play his final round of the tournament, some critics said that his concentration had been broken by the incident, and that the issue could end up hanging over him for the rest of his career. Whilst he played well enough for the remainder of the tournament at Chambers Bay and at St Andrew’s, he looked as though he was lacking a vital component which was required to perform in high pressure scenarios.
Vertigo is symptom of wider medical issue, and can cause nausea, fainting, balance issues, and in some cases, vision problems. Many sufferers find that the problems are reoccurring, even when the condition is treated with medicine. Day later announced that his vertigo related to an inner ear problem and that he had been given a range of treatments. However many of Day's supporters were concerned that these symptoms could still affect his golfing abilities. Thankfully, he was able to overcome the odds and pull out a convincing victory at Whistling Straits. In fact, Day actually played so well that he managed to achieve a championship record with a score of 20-under par!
Day finished the championship with a three stroke lead over new world number 1, Jordan Spieth, whose strong showing this year has resulted in him supplanting Rory McIlroy at the top of the world golf rankings. Spieth had been hoping for victory so that he would have been able to join an elite group of male golfers who had won three Majors in the same year, following his victories at the Masters and the US Open, but found that this was just out of his reach. Despite not managing to achieve this feat, his fourth place finish at the British Open and his second place finish at this tournament meant that it was the first time since 1958 that a specific player has finished no worse than 4th in every individual tournament.
The top 5 finishing positions were made up of South African Brendan Grace (15-under par), England’s Justin Rose (14-under par), and America’s Brooks Koepka and India’s Anirban Lahiri, who both finished tied for fifth on 13-under par.