The dreams of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth went head to head on Sunday in the final pairing of the PGA Championship. In the end, it was Day's dream that came true as the Australian broke through to win his first major. Day closed with a 5-under 67 that left him at 20 under, the lowest score in relation to par in major-championship history. Here's how the drama unfolded at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis.
What it means: One of the most talented players in the game, Day had experienced nothing but frustration in seeking his first major. He had shared the 54-hole lead in this year's U.S. and British Opens, and went into Sunday at Whistling Straits with a two-stroke advantage. No player in the modern era had held the 54-hole lead or co-lead in three straight majors and not won any of them. But Day had not been able to cash in on 54-hole success. Since 2010 he had been in the top five of a major through 54 holes seven times before this week without winning. He had failed to convert his last five 54-hole leads or co-leads on the PGA Tour, and was only 1 for 7 in the category in his PGA Tour career.
Round of the day: Day made four birdies - at Nos. 2, 5, 6 and 7 - on the front nine, but dropped a stroke when he drove into a fairway bunker at No. 8 and bogeyed. After turning in 33, he added three birdies and a bogey on the back, good for a three-shot victory margin over Spieth.
Best of the rest: It wasn’t the day’s low round, but we have to give the nod here to Dustin Johnson, who shot a 69 despite opening with a quadruple-bogey 8. He went 7 under the rest of the way, with five birdies, two eagles and three bogeys.
Biggest disappointment: This was a disappointment not in how he played, but simply because he didn’t win. Spieth, whose dream of winning the single-season Grand Slam died when he finished one stroke shy of a playoff in the Open Championship, was bidding to join Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953) in winning three professional majors in a calendar year. Sharing the final pairing with Day, whom he trailed by two shots going into the final round, Spieth dropped two more strokes to the Australian on the front nine. Spieth managed a one-stroke advantage on the back nine, but it wasn’t enough.
Quote: "It's an amazing feeling, just the work that I've put into my game ever since I was a 12-year-old kid, to be able to stand in front of a crowd like this today and win a PGA Championship is pretty special." - Day