Jason Day believes his previous near misses prepared him to hold his nerve and win the US PGA Championship. The Australian, 27, had finished in the top four at six majors before his victory at Whistling Straits on Sunday.
“I’ve seen multiple mental coaches,” said Day. “But the biggest thing that prepares you for something like this is the sheer experience of failure. “Looking at it as a positive and knowing you cam learn from anything -that really gets you mentally tough.”
Day won with a score of 20 under par, which broke Tiger Woods’s major record of 19 under at the 2000 Open Championship. “Augusta in 2013 when I had the lead on 16, that was a tough one to finish and get over,” said Day, as he recalled bogeying two of the final three holes to fall out of contention at the Masters two years ago. “But if I didn’t have that failure I wouldn’t be standing here with this trophy.”