2015 PGA Championship: It's Finally Jason's Day

How Jason Day outduelled Jordan Spieth to win his first major

Jason Day hits his drive on the 18th hole in the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship.
The PGA Championship's 2015 winner, Jason Day. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth began the 2015 PGA Championship trying to become just the third man in pro golf history to win three of the four majors in the same calendar year. And Jason Day began it just trying to win his first major. At the end of the week, Day found glory by denying it to Spieth.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Jason Day, 268 (tournament scores listed below)
  • Dates: Aug. 13-16, 2015
  • Golf course: The Straits Course at Whistling Straits
  • Tournament number: This was the 97th time the PGA Championship was played.

Day's Major Championship Quest

In the 20th major he played in his career, Jason Day finally won. No, 20 majors isn't all that many - but Day had finished in the Top 10 in nearly half of the majors he'd play before winning the 2015 PGA Championship, including three runner-up showings.

Day had come close twice before in 2015, too. He was in great shape at the 2015 U.S. Open until a bout of vertigo in the final round knocked him down to ninth-place. And Day tied for fourth-place - one shot out of a playoff - at the 2015 British Open, played one month prior to the PGA Championship.

But this time, at the 2015 PGA played at Whistling Straits, everything came together for Day. And at the end of the day, he was a major winner.

Day held a 2-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth following three rounds. This was Day's third consecutive major in which he held or shared the 54-hole lead.

Spieth Chasing History

Spieth, meanwhile, was chasing history, trying to win his third major of 2015. Already a winner at the 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open, Spieth tied with Day one stroke out of the playoff at the 2015 Open Championship.

If Spieth won here, he could still become just the third golfer to win three pro majors in a single year.

(The other two: Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods. Good company.)

At 2015 PGA Championship, Day's Chase Was the Successful One

Day and Spieth battled again at the PGA, but this time Day was in command throughout. Nobody got closer than two strokes to Day at any time during the final round.

At various points it looked like Justin Rose and Branden Grace were charging. But Rose's hopes ended with a double bogey on the 13th; he finished in fourth. And Grace lost momentum with a double on 10 and a bogey on 15; he finished in third.

Spieth had three birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine - and no bogeys on the back nine - in shooting 68.

But Day was just too solid, shooting 68 himself. Day cracked open the door with a bogey on the 15th, but immediately came back with a birdie on the 16th. He parred the final two holes to shoot 67 and beat runner-up Spieth by three shots.

That 67 also got Day to 20-under par, another milestone: Day became the first golfer ever to finish 20-under or better in a major championship.

Spieth's 4-under final round put him at 54-under in the four majors of 2015. And that was also a new record, bettering the 53-under mark established by Tiger Woods in 2000.

Martin Kaymer, the winner at the most-recent previous PGA Championship played at Whistling Straits (2010), finished tied for 12th in this one.

Tiger Woods missed the cut, this third consecutive missed cut in a major, and the second year in a row he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

PGA Championship 2015: The Final Scores

Results from the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-72 Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.

Jason Day68-67-66-67--268$1,800,000
Jordan Spieth71-67-65-68--2711,080,000
Branden Grace71-69-64-69--273$680,000
Justin Rose69-67-68-70--274$480,000
Brooks Koepka73-69-67-66--275$367,500
Anirban Lahiri70-67-70-68--275$367,500
George Coetzee74-65-70-67--276$293,000
Matt Kuchar68-72-68-68--276$293,000
Dustin Johnson66-73-68-69--276$293,000
Robert Streb70-73-67-67--277$243,000
Tony Finau71-66-69-71--277$243,000
David Lingmerth67-70-75-66--278$185,400
Brendan Steele69-69-73-67--278$185,400
Russell Henley68-71-70-69--278$185,400
Brandt Snedeker71-70-68-69--278$185,400
Martin Kaymer70-70-65-73--278$185,400
Rory McIlroy71-71-68-69--279$148,000
Victor Dubuisson76-70-67-67--280$126,000
Phil Mickelson72-73-66-69--280$126,000
Justin Thomas72-70-68-70--280$126,000
Bubba Watson72-71-70-68--281$97,666
Hiroshi Iwata77-63-70-71--281$97,666
Matt Jones68-65-73-75--281$97,666
J.B. Holmes68-71-69-74--282$86,000
Tyrrell Hatton73-72-68-70--283$74,600
Cameron Smith74-68-70-71--283$74,600
Henrik Stenson76-66-70-71--283$74,600
Ernie Els71-71-69-72--283$74,600
Billy Horschel72-68-68-75--283$74,600
Louis Oosthuizen72-71-72-69--284$56,057
Steve Stricker71-72-71-70--284$56,057
Nick Watney78-68-68-70--284$56,057
Rickie Fowler73-70-70-71--284$56,057
Jim Furyk73-70-69-72--284$56,057
Patrick Reed75-69-67-73--284$56,057
Paul Casey70-70-70-74--284$56,057
Ryan Moore73-70-75-67--285$39,200
Vijay Singh73-71-71-70--285$39,200
Hideki Matsuyama70-70-71-74--285$39,200
Jason Bohn74-71-66-74--285$39,200
Charl Schwartzel73-69-68-75--285$39,200
Boo Weekley75-70-65-75--285$39,200
Kevin Chappell73-68-78-67--286$30,000
Lee Westwood72-72-70-72--286$30,000
Danny Lee68-77-69-72--286$30,000
Hunter Mahan72-68-73-73--286$30,000
Luke Donald72-70-70-74--286$30,000
Harris English68-71-76-72--287$25,750
Y.E. Yang70-72-72-73--287$25,750
Marc Warren72-73-69-73--287$25,750
Marcel Siem70-70-73-74--287$25,750
Thomas Bjorn69-75-69-74--287$25,750
Scott Piercy68-70-74-75--287$25,750
Troy Merritt74-70-75-69--288$22,500
Sergio Garcia72-71-75-70--288$22,500
Kevin Streelman73-71-74-70--288$22,500
Mikko Ilonen72-73-71-72--288$22,500
Danny Willett74-70-71-73--288$22,500
Webb Simpson71-71-72-74--288$22,500
Francesco Molinari71-73-69-75--288$22,500
Keegan Bradley76-70-72-71--289$20,200
Emiliano Grillo70-73-72-74--289$20,200
Chesson Hadley73-71-70-75--289$20,200
Sangmoon Bae71-72-72-75--290$19,400
Brendon de Jonge72-71-75-73--291$18,800
Charles Howell III70-70-77-74--291$18,800
Bill Haas73-72-71-75--291$18,800
Nick Taylor73-73-75-71--292$18,200
Kiradech Aphibarnrat72-72-73-75--292$18,200
Jason Dufner71-75-69-77--292$18,200
Brian Gaffney71-73-78-71--293$17,900
J.J. Henry75-70-74-75--294$17,700
Koumei Oda79-67-72-76--294$17,700
Sean O'Hair75-68-73-78--294$17,700
Carl Pettersson76-70-75-75--296$17,450
Morgan Hoffmann72-74-72-78--296$17,450
James Morrison69-74-76-78--297$17,300

 

Comings and Goings at the 2015 PGA Championship

  • This was the last PGA Championship - and the final major - played by Mark Brooks, the winner of the 1996 PGA Championship.