Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy tweet out congrats to Jason Day, Jordan Spieth
Jason Day finally broke through following several near and heartbreaking misses in his pursuit of his first career major victory, holding off Jordan Spieth on Sunday while notching a record-breaking 20-under performance at Whistling Straits to win the PGA Championship.
It was an emotional moment for the 27-year-old Aussie and he broke down in tears as he embraced his caddie and mentor following his clinching putt on the 18th hole.
Woods, who missed the cut at a major for the third time this season, took to Twitter to congratulate both members of the final pairing on the course..
Game over, very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season. Calling it early.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 16, 2015
Spieth, despite coming up short in his quest to accomplish the so-called “American Slam” by winning all three majors this season played on U.S. soil. The 22-year-old phenom netted a pretty nifty consolation prize even though he didn’t get to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy as his second-place performance allowed him to leapfrog Rory McIlroy and assume the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. He became the second-youngest player ever to hold the No. 1 ranking, behind only Tiger Woods, who at 21 was ranked number-one in the world.
McIlroy, meanwhile, said following his final-round 69, 90 minutes before the Day-Spieth pairing finished up their Sunday on the course, that he would hold no grudges toward his rival should Spieth supplant him at No. 1.
“The way Jordan has been playing and the way I haven’t played much this year … if he goes to No. 1 today, it’s very deservedly so,” said McIlroy, via ESPN’s Bob Harig. ” … And if he was to get to No. 1 today, I’d be the first one to congratulate him because I know the golf you have to play to get to that spot, and it has been impressive this year.”
And McIlroy remained true to his word, tweeting out a sincere congrats to Spieth on his accomplishment.
2 inevitable things happened today, @JDayGolf winning a major and @JordanSpieth getting to 1 in the world! Congrats guys!! Inspiring stuff!
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) August 16, 2015
The gestures by both Woods and McIlroy obviously are great demonstrations of class that signify no matter how fierce rivalries are inside the ropes, these guys recognize greatness when they see it.
(image via SB Nation)