US PGA Championship: Jimmy Walker beats defending champion Jason Day to assert first main title


American Jimmy Walker survived a marathon closing day and held off the decided problem of defending champion Jason Day to win his first main title within the weather-affected US PGA Championship.

Walker carded a closing 67 at Baltusrol to complete 14 below par, one shot forward of Day after the world primary stunningly eagled the ultimate gap to pile on the strain.

A par was nonetheless adequate for Walker to turn into the eighth wire-to-wire winner of the US PGA – and the primary since Phil Mickelson on the identical venue in 2005 – and the 37-year-old held his nerve after pitching to 30 ft from proper of the inexperienced.

Walker’s win booked a second consecutive look within the Ryder Cup and accomplished a clear sweep of 2016 majors by first-time winners after Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (US Open) and Henrik Stenson (Open Championship).

Stenson was in rivalry for back-to-back majors till a double bogey on the 15th ended his probabilities, the 40-year-old Swede having to accept a tie for seventh with enjoying companion Martin Kaymer, who eagled the final in a closing 66.

One in every of ten gamers compelled to play 36 holes on Sunday after the day before today’s thunderstorms, Walker began his third spherical at 7.40am native time and carded a 68 to take a one-shot lead into the ultimate spherical.

A run of 9 straight pars was sufficient to maintain Walker’s nostril in entrance earlier than the world quantity 48 – the bottom ranked main winner since world quantity 108 Keegan Bradley received the 2011 US PGA – doubled his lead in sensible style by holing out from a bunker on the tenth.

Day, who was trying to turn into the one participant after Tiger Woods to win back-to-back titles for the reason that US PGA grew to become a strokeplay occasion in 1958, had bogeyed the primary and third however bounced again with birdies on the fifth and ninth.

The 28-year-old additionally instantly answered Walker’s bunker shot by making a birdie on the 11th, just for Walker to gap from 30 ft on the identical gap 1ten minutes later.

Day was unable to choose up any additional pictures earlier than hitting an outstanding method to inside 15 ft of the outlet on the 18th, prompting a roar from the gang which compelled Walker to again off his birdie putt on 17 earlier than crucially holing from eight ft for a three-shot lead.