Australian Jason Day won the US PGA at Whistling Straits with a record score of 20 under par. Day, 27, shot a final round of 67 to win his first major by three strokes, breaking Tiger Woods’s major record score of 19 under at the 2000 Open.

Jordan Spieth, 22, finished runner-up and replaces Rory McIlroy as world number one, while Justin Rose was also among the chasing pack on 13 under. Normally classed as the least exciting of the golf majors this years PGA Championship was far from that. The standard of golf was incredible, the winner richly deserving and last but not least the venue was equal in presentation to any other major venue this year but more importantly it presented a challenge that required the highest of standards in all skills, long game and short game.

The course looked magnificent and will no doubt be the perfect venue for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Catering for up to 50,000 spectators per day the course, designed by Pete Dye, has a mixture of short and long holes each presenting the sternest of tests, raising excitement levels along the way.

From start to finish Jason Day always looked destined to achieve his first major success, he drove the ball well, hit his irons close and his short game skills shone all week long. How refreshing it is to have a new Major champion, a personable guy who seems well grounded, a golfer who overcame a tough start to life and worked hard to pay back those who invested all their time ,money and effort in his early years of development.

With this victory Day rises to number three in the world with Rory at number two and Jordan Spieth at number one. With these guys and many other rising stars emerging exciting times lie ahead for the game of professional golf, captivating audiences on the way. As the PGA Tour will be relishing all of these events, the poor governing body on this side of the Atlantic the European Tour will need a fresh injection of new ideas and investment to rekindle a tour that once rivalled their American counterparts.

In Europe, we have too few tournaments with the top players assembled, be it the money, weather, venues etc this needs addressed. The worrying trend is that the European tour is being used as a launching pad for emerging players to gain access to PGA Tour and all the trappings that go with it.

Several reasons account for the success of the PGA Tour. Prize money tops the list on many accounts,f ollowed by quality venues normally presented well, good quality entries helps boost viewing figures and last but not least from a European perspective - the time change, most of us can watch these events late in the evening after work whereby the European tour is competing with working hours and many other prime family activities - is it any wonder Sky will continue to devote more air time to the PGA Tour and from a business perspective could you blame them ?.

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