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Jason Day wins emotional first Major, but it won't be his last

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After so many near misses, Jason Day finally secured his first Major victory in the US PGA at Whistling Straits.

The hugely emotional Australian fulfilled his dream against a beautiful sunny backdrop, as his wife and young son looked on with beaming pride.

The 27-year-old played pretty much immaculate golf throughout the four days and you could argue that there has never been a more deserving winner.

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There was hardly a dry eye in the galleries as Day - who had the comfort of no less than four putts from a matter of 40-feet to secure victory on the intimidating 18th green - gently caressed his first putt up to a foot from the hole and began openly weeping as the realisation hit him; he had won a Major.

Even before superstar Jordan Spieth had holed out to secure second place (and the little matter of World Number one spot), Day, for so long the nearly man, was allowing all those years of toil to wash over him.

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"To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell he was the favourite", said a choked Day.

"Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing. I lose my dad at 12, and then meet Colin [Day's caddy and coach] and have him walk the journey with me...and to have him walk up the 18th hole with me was just a special, special thing, that I could never forget".

Determined

He has performed brilliantly in the Majors, particularly since his tenth place finish back in 2010, again at the notorious Wisconsin course.

With ten top-20 finishes since, his consistency has been admirable but he has never seemed to catch the breaks at the right time.

This time around, however, it wasn't really about luck; it was all about pure class. From start to finish, he was majestic, concentrating fully over every single shot, every single putt.

He was absolutely determined to get over the line and now that he's conquered the demons, who's to say he won't add to the tally? And quickly at that.

Future legend

Of course, there have been plenty players in the past who have won a Major championship only to find themselves struggle to maintain the form in future tournaments, with Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton two names that spring immediately to mind. But Day is different; his overall game is so good, so classy that you have to think he'll add to his maiden Major victory.

He showed just how focused he is when he put the huge disappointment of losing out at The Open at the home of golf firmly behind him by winning the Canadian Open the very next week.

This victory, more than any other in his career, must've given him all the self-belief he would ever need to finally yank the Major monkey from his back.

It will be fascinating to see how he contends future tournaments. But with Day now the number three player in the world, the inevitable showdown between Spieth, McIlroy and the new US PGA champion at the 2016 Masters will be one of the most anticipated in history.

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