What an unbelievable championship. This may have been the last major of the year, but in my eyes it was the best of the lot.
This, in great part, is due to the golf course.The venue has held the PGA championship twice in the last 5 years. As well as this the Ryder cup is due to be held here in 2020, and it is clear to see why Whistling Straits is held in such regard with competition organizers. Every area of the course was in spectacular condition. The fairways were perfect and the greens were quick and rolled straight and true. A special mention has to go out to the green-keepers who maintained the almost 1,000 bunkers, they all looked perfect. It was a great course which complimented some wonderful golf this week.
A quick mention to a few brilliant performances even though they could not get the win on this occasion. Anirban Lahiri will be known on the European tour by some for his two wins this year, but in America he is reasonably unknown. However, he has been the surprise package here with his name towards the top of the leaderboard. It was some really exciting golf and hopefully we will see more from the Indian soon. Another great showing was from Rory Mcilroy. Despite never truly being in contention he played four under par rounds of golf finishing at 9 under. Considering he had not competed since the US Open due to injury, it was a marvelous display. He lacked some short game sharpness but all things considered he showed how tough he was. One thing is for sure, Mcilroy will be back and back with a vengeance. Last but not least, was from another unfamiliar name to many, Hiroshi Iwata. He was outside the world top 100 in the world before this week but deserves his mention for remarkable 63 on his second round and tied the record for lowest round shot at a major ever.
Our predictions here at ‘The Biggest Sports News’ were unsuccessful for this major but they did well on the whole. Henrik Stenson was the furthest away from the top with a total score of 5 under. Considering his first round was a 4 over 76 he fought back to not only make the cut, but to finish in the top 30 was a good fight by the Swedish national. Brooks Koepka also performed brilliantly, he started slow but charged up the scoreboard finishing tied for 5th at 13 under par which was a fantastic performance by the inexperienced young American. Once again the story for Dustin Johnson, my last pick, was a sour one. When he went into the first round leading, spectators everywhere thought he may have a chance to finish his major winning drought. However, he fell back further and further and was 6 shots off the lead going into the final round. This meant he required a world class showing to have a chance to win, but started in the worst possible fashion. On the first hole he made a quadruple bogey 8 and blew his opportunity of a major. Despite this he fought back, amazingly finishing under par for his round, and showing a great deal of resilience. He may have not won here but hopefully he will get his moment in the future.
This week deservedly goes to Jason Day. He has been so close so many times to this moment. On a way to a major, he has battled vertigo and heartbreak from missing out so narrowly for so many instances; but this was his time. Four magnificent rounds well under 70 won him the tournament, and his consistent brilliance led to a victory which golf fans around the world will rejoice in. In his final round he held off some wonderful golfers. Justin Rose, Branden Grace and 2 time major winner Jordan Spieth all came at him with some fantastic golf over the round. However, the Australian stood firm and played an almost flawless round winning by 3 shots. He rose the bar so high that he won at a record breaking total of 20 under, the lowest score under par ever at a major. He could not have asked for a better performance this week.
So what is next for Golf? Well Jordan Spieth has now overtaken Rory Mcilroy at No.1 in the world which is a great consolidation prize for just missing out here. Jason Day is now part of the elite club of major champions and now that the gate is open there could be many more to come. Overall, it was a fantastic tournament, with some fantastic golf and was won by a fantastic player. Congratulations Jason Day.