American Jimmy Walker admitted it was a “surreal” moment to win his first major title as he beat Jason Day by one shot to secure the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
The 37-year-old completed the wire-to-wire victory on Sunday after producing some stunning golf over the four days.
Torrential rain had threatened his bid on Saturday but the weather held off and Walker was able to hang on for victory on Sunday evening.
He was put under immense pressure by defending champion Day who holed an eagle on the last, with Walker still on 17.
However, he birdied the 17th and parred the last to finish on 14-under par.
Sunday’s win could play Walker into Ryder Cup contention and he admitted it was a huge relief to win his first major title. “It’s surreal. I mean, it really is,” he told reporters.
“I would have said it would have happened the last couple years, the way I was playing. “I just had not quite played as well as I would have liked to this year but I knew it was close.
I felt some things were clicking last week. “God, just to be in it and be there and have a chance and then to finish it off is just – it’s so gratifying.
Everything I’ve done up to this point, helped this happen.
“It’s an incredible finish, what Jason did, eagling the last hole, forcing me to make a five. It was huge. It was tough. It feels sweet. It’s amazing.”