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The 2015 PGA Championship tees off Thursday morning at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. While any talk of a Grand Slam was scuttled by Zach Johnson at St. Andrews in Scotland, an American Slam is still very much in play for Jordan Spieth. If he is able to add the PGA Championship to his Masters title and U.S. Open Championship, it will solidify a truly remarkable season for the 21 year-old. Spieth’s run at the third piece of his slam is not the only story-line I’ll be watching for over the four days however, as there are a couple of returns I’m eager for too. Rory McIlroy returns from the ankle injury he suffered while playing soccer with friends in early July, and Dustin Johnson returns to the scene of the crime for him (Whistling Straits); remember his controversial grounding of his club on the 18th hole cost him the 2010 championship. But the main reason I’ll be keying on the tourney this year is because I want to see Jason Day win.
The 27 year-old from Australia turned pro in 2006, and has 9 professional wins on his resume. Unfortunately, none of the victories have come at a major championship however. It isn’t like Day wilts when playing the biggest events the tour has to offer though, he finished second at The Masters in 2011, and was runner-up at the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Opens as well. Speaking of the U.S. Open, Day had a rather eventful one this year. While playing in the second round, he collapsed and fell to the ground.
He was down for some time and when he did finally get to his feet, was visibly affected. Day was wobbly and shaking, and it was later revealed he had been suffering from a bout with vertigo. Amazingly, he was able to finish the round, and even though still slowed by the condition the next day, was tied for the lead beginning the final round. He would wind up fading late in that final round (ultimately finishing 9th), but he sure earned my respect in the process. Most recently Day, like Spieth, finished one shot short of reaching the playoff at last month’s British Open. He is playing solid golf at the moment, and I think Day is due to finally breakthrough! Here is hoping that the last major championship of the season will also be Jason Day’s first?
And that is My 2 Sense for this week. Fore!!!