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PGA Championship: World No. 6 becomes first major champion from Thailand


08-01-2016 16:44 BJT

That is something happened in Baltusrol Golf Course for the conclusion of the 98th PGA Championship which looked unlikely just 24 hours ago, as heavy rain pushed back the schedule, and officials said a Monday finish was very likely.

But clear skies and a brisk playing pace allowed everyone to finish the third round, and build to a dramatic finish in the fourth, with Jimmy Walker looking to claim his first major title.

Gentleman Jimmy finds himself in the bunker at 10, but manages to chip out -- and hole out -- that gives him back-to-back birdies, on a shot that is dyn-o-mite.

But Jason Day is in hot pursuit. The defending champ and World Number One calmly tweets on the 11th, as he refuses to give up the title without a fight.

Walker looks to respond with his own birdie at the same hole, and his putt would be right on the money, as the 37-year-old stays in front.

Day can close the gap to one shot by sinking this eagle putt on the 18th green -- and the Aussie shifts all the pressure onto Walker.

Who must save par for the win, which is exactly what he does. The former Baylor University Bear becomes this season's fourth different first time major champ -- joining Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, and Henrik Stenson -- as Walker lifts the Wanamaker Trophy.

Walker holding off Day by one shot in the end, while Daniel Summerhays made a late push to finish third. Overnight co-leader Robert Streb struggled when play resumed, and closed the weekend tied for seventh, with Stenson and Martin Kaymer.

The ladies wrapping up the fourth of their five majors, the Women's British Open, with 2014 champ Mo Martin draining a long birdie on the third green. She makes an early push, en route to a share of second.

The leader, Ariya Juta-nu-garn, opens the door a little. The Thai's chip from the rough overshoots the 13th green, and the ball ends up in the cart path on the other side of the hole.

Mirim Lee can't take advantage. The South Korean shot a record-tying 62 in Round One, but her approach would bounce off the 18th green here. She finishes at minus-13, tied for second with Martin.

So Juta-nu-garn closes with a par putt at 18 to seal her first major title, as well as the first for any golfer from Thailand. Juta-nu-garn prevailing by three strokes in Woburn, England. She is this season's third straight, first-time major winner, and the ninth in the last three years. China's Feng Shanshan dropped five shots over the final two rounds, dropping from second place, to joint 17th.

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