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Rory McIlroy Shows sportanship Matters |praises champion Jason Day and new world No1 Jordan Spieth

Rory McIlroy praises champion Jason Day and new world No1 Jordan Spieth. Demonstrates his sportsmanship. Really is the golden age. Read more below….

The deposed No1, Rory McIlroy, has admitted it was “inevitable” that Jordan Spieth would become the world’s top-ranked player – and that Jason Day would one day be a major winner.

Praise has poured in for Day after the 27-year-old Australian held off the challenge of Spieth to win the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Day carded a final-day 67 to finish on 20 under par and three shots clear of the runner-up Spieth, who may have fallen just short in his bid for a third major of the year but still replaced McIlroy as world No 1.

And the Northern Irishman, who finished 17th on nine under as he relinquished his hold on the PGA Championship and top spot in the rankings, was not surprised in the least by those two outcomes.

He wrote on Twitteand r: “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

2 inevitable things happened today, @JDayGolf winning a major and @JordanSpieth getting to 1 in the world! Congrats guys!! Inspiring stuff!

Day himself was in tears even before he rolled in his final putt on the 18th and he was understandably thrilled to finally get his hands on his first major after several near misses.

In the last four years, Day has twice finished runner-up at the US Open and once at the Masters while he was tied for fourth at this year’s Open Championship.

The Queenslander tweeted: “Ding dong the witch is dead. #PGAChampionship #winning.”

Like McIlroy, Tiger Woods, who has won the PGA Championship four times among his 14 major wins, has been similarly impressed by Spieth and Day – who is now third in the world.

He tweeted: “Game over, very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season. Calling it early.”

The former US Open winner Justin Rose, who finished fourth at Whistling Straits, added on Twitter: “Another great week in a Major, happy with how I played. (70 -2 =14 4th) Massive congrats Jason Day.”

Speaking to the media after the tournament, McIlroy admitted Spieth fully deserved to replace him as world No 1.

“Honestly the way Jordan has been playing and the way I haven’t played much this year – I think that was only my 12th or 13th event – it’s very deservedly so,” said McIlroy, who had not played since the US Open in June after rupturing an ankle ligament playing football with friends on 4 July.

“Winning two majors, winning a couple of other times this year, had a chance at the Open, had a chance 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.”

Asked if regaining top spot would give him extra motivation, McIlroy added: “Not really. I’ve always said that winning golf tournaments takes care of all of that stuff. Right now I’m focused on just getting my game the way I think it has to be to win tournaments like this.”

Spieth, 22, who becomes the second youngest world No1 after Woods, said: “It feels really good. It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I knew walking up the 16th Jason was going to win so I was focusing on finishing second and accomplishing a career goal. So much work has gone into this and what a year it has been.”

McIlroy, who said his ankle had responded well to the difficult terrain at Whistling Straits, will skip the first FedEx Cup play-off event and return to action in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston from 4-7 September.

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Rory McIlroy Shows sportanship Matterssmanship praises champion Jason Day and new world No1 Jordan Spieth

Rory McIlroy praises champion Jason Day and new world No1 Jordan Spieth. Demonstrates his sportsmanship. Really is the golden age. Read more below….

The deposed No1, Rory McIlroy, has admitted it was “inevitable” that Jordan Spieth would become the world’s top-ranked player – and that Jason Day would one day be a major winner.

Praise has poured in for Day after the 27-year-old Australian held off the challenge of Spieth to win the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Day carded a final-day 67 to finish on 20 under par and three shots clear of the runner-up Spieth, who may have fallen just short in his bid for a third major of the year but still replaced McIlroy as world No 1.

And the Northern Irishman, who finished 17th on nine under as he relinquished his hold on the PGA Championship and top spot in the rankings, was not surprised in the least by those two outcomes.

He wrote on Twitteand r: “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

2 inevitable things happened today, @JDayGolf winning a major and @JordanSpieth getting to 1 in the world! Congrats guys!! Inspiring stuff!

Day himself was in tears even before he rolled in his final putt on the 18th and he was understandably thrilled to finally get his hands on his first major after several near misses.

In the last four years, Day has twice finished runner-up at the US Open and once at the Masters while he was tied for fourth at this year’s Open Championship.

The Queenslander tweeted: “Ding dong the witch is dead. #PGAChampionship #winning.”

Like McIlroy, Tiger Woods, who has won the PGA Championship four times among his 14 major wins, has been similarly impressed by Spieth and Day – who is now third in the world.

He tweeted: “Game over, very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season. Calling it early.”

The former US Open winner Justin Rose, who finished fourth at Whistling Straits, added on Twitter: “Another great week in a Major, happy with how I played. (70 -2 =14 4th) Massive congrats Jason Day.”

Speaking to the media after the tournament, McIlroy admitted Spieth fully deserved to replace him as world No 1.

“Honestly the way Jordan has been playing and the way I haven’t played much this year – I think that was only my 12th or 13th event – it’s very deservedly so,” said McIlroy, who had not played since the US Open in June after rupturing an ankle ligament playing football with friends on 4 July.

“Winning two majors, winning a couple of other times this year, had a chance at the Open, had a chance 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.”

Asked if regaining top spot would give him extra motivation, McIlroy added: “Not really. I’ve always said that winning golf tournaments takes care of all of that stuff. Right now I’m focused on just getting my game the way I think it has to be to win tournaments like this.”

Spieth, 22, who becomes the second youngest world No1 after Woods, said: “It feels really good. It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I knew walking up the 16th Jason was going to win so I was focusing on finishing second and accomplishing a career goal. So much work has gone into this and what a year it has been.”

McIlroy, who said his ankle had responded well to the difficult terrain at Whistling Straits, will skip the first FedEx Cup play-off event and return to action in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston from 4-7 September.

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New Golden Age of Golf Brought to You by Jason Day and Jordan Spieth in 2015

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth leasd the young lions Ushering in New Golden Age of Golf dominated by classy talented and principled players in 2015. Read more below…

 

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth Ushering in New Golden Age of Golf in 2015

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Jason Day got over the hump. Jordan Spieth ascended to the top of the golf rankings. And a new age of golf truly began on Sunday at the PGA Championship. 

All of the pieces are now in place for golf to have a golden age similar to the one we’ve been watching in men’s tennis in the past several years, with players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray dominating the sport. 

In golf, Rory McIlroy began this new age, but Spieth and Day ushered it in for good this season. Add in players like Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, and golf has a slew of superstars or pending superstars to carry the sport for the next decade.

Bill Simmons of HBO put it best:

Spieth’s ascension to the elite in the sport has been thunderous. Two major titles, a second-place finish at the PGA Championship, a fourth-place finish at the British Open, five titles overall, a whopping 15 top-10 finishes and $10,399,715 in earnings to this point, per ESPN, have marked one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory.

Indeed, Spieth’s 2015 is reminiscent of Woods at his best. And yet it was Spieth, always a humble ambassador for the sport despite being just 22, who was left in awe of Day on Sunday.

“There is nothing I could have done,” Spieth said to Day at the scorer’s table after the round, per Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports, praising Day’s heroic performance on Sunday. He called Day’s round “a stripe show” and admitted that he knew he wouldn’t catch Day on the 11th tee after Day ripped a 382-yard drive.

For Day, the win was a long time coming. He’s been excellent in his own right this season, with a ninth-place finish at the U.S. Open, a fourth-place finish at the British Open, three wins and nine top-10 finishes. And coming into the PGA Championship, Day had six top-10 finishes in his last 11 majors.

If there was any lingering doubt about whether Day would live up to his potential, he annihilated it on Sunday.

Of course, while Spieth was exploding onto the scene and Day was breaking through, McIlroy slowly slid out of the limelight due to injuries. McIlroy, who has four major triumphs by the age of 26 and won two last season. McIlroy, who is the new face of EA Sports’ golf franchise, taking over for Woods. McIlroy, who has long been considered the next superstar of the sport.

It would appear he has company.

If you are a golf fan, how does the ascension of the game’s stars not excite you? These three players, along with a slew of others, are set to take golf to new heights. Yes, Bubba Watson might offer one of his sublime performances at the Masters or Phil Mickelson might steal a few headlines. Yes, this country’s obsession with Tiger Woods will continue.

But golf belongs to Spieth, McIlroy, Day and company now. The game couldn’t be in better hands.

 

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