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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap
Alas, the fourth round turned out to be too much for Day as he fell from co-leadership to equal ninth. Few observers thought Day was a genuine chance at The Open at St Andrews – not because of his health (the vertigo is now under control thanks to medication) but due to Day’s high ball flight, which surely didn’t match up well with the capricious Scottish winds. High winds be gone, as Day vaulted into another 54-hole lead that he surrendered only with a missed birdie putt at the 72nd hole. The anguish on Day’s face as his chance to join the playoff came up a few desperate rolls short fuelled his resolve to take the next major by the throat. This PGA recalled memories of Greg Norman’s “Saturday Slam” in 1986, a year before Day was born. That season Norman led all four majors and came up with just the Claret Jug. Similarly, Day shared the leads at both Opens but collected no silverware – but this time he carried a two-shot edge. Day’s lead never dipped below two, as any time Spieth concocted a birdie, Day was right there to match. After the pursuers ahead, Justin Rose and Branden Grace, undid their good work with untimely double-bogeys, all Day had to do was keep the plucky Spieth at bay, which he did by outscoring him 67 to 68. Along the way he became the first man to reach (and stay at) 20-under at a major, and was the lone player at this year’s PGA to break 70 every round. On this occasion the little things that previously hadn’t fallen Day’s way did so. The two putts that curled in rather than lipped out for birdies at the 5th and 14th holes, the par saved after a chunked wedge shot at the 9th – and even the fact there was minimal wind all week played into Day’s hands. Put simply, it was his time. And we get the feeling it will be Jason Day’s time at a few more majors to come. OTG
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