Jason Day was relieved to finally win his first major after a series of near misses as he won the US PGA Championship by three shots from the new world number one Jordan Spieth.
Two years ago, the Australian led the Masters with three holes to play on the final day only to make back-to-back bogeys as he eventually finished third.
“It took me a little bit to get over,” admitted Day. “But it was more frustrating because I know that just from what – if I had my head on now, back then, in 2013, I honestly believe I could have finished it off.”
Last month Day missed being involved in a play-off at the Open Championship by just one shot, with Zach Johnson eventually going on to clinch the title.
His performance at St Andrews was his ninth top-ten finish in 20 majors, six of which were top-four finishes, so to finally win at Whistling Straits came as a massive boost to him.
Day shot a five-under par 67 on Sunday to finish on 20-under for the tournament, the best ever total in a major – the previous best had been Tiger Woods’ 19-under-par total at the 2000 Open Championship.
The 27-year-old added: “It would have been very tough for me to come back from a major championship such as this if I didn’t finish it off. Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that kind of in the back of my mind something would have triggered and I would have gone maybe I can’t really finish it off.”