MANILA Philippines Another day, another victory and another reason for Filipinos to be proud.
Filipino-Australian Jason Day has sentFilipino Twitter users on a frenzy after capping off his Whistling Straits campaign on a victorious note on Monday morning in Manila.
A lot were happy to see Day emerge triumphant in the 2015 PGA championship. And big golfing names were joining the fray as well.
Tiger Woods, whose record for most strokes under par Day broke, sent out his congratulatory tweet:
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” lang=”en” xml:lang=”enGame over, very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season. Calling it early.
Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 16, 2015
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Then came the guy who was dethroned in the world rankings:
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” lang=”en” xml:lang=”en2 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
Pleasantries from the last Australian to win the PGA also emerged from the bunch:
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” lang=”en” xml:lang=”enCongratulations @JDayGolf … You earned your rightful place on the Wanamaker….
Steve Elkington (@elkpga) August 16, 2015
Another legend in the PGA arena — one who won two championships in the major — was also thrilled to see Day win:
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” lang=”en” xml:lang=”enAbsolutely brilliant victory @JDayGolf and congratulations to you and @ellielaneday on this major win @PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/tstaFLzBUi
Gary Player (@garyplayer) August 16, 2015
As of 10 a.m. Monday, Day’s brilliant showing at Wisconsinwas the fifth among the Philippines’ trending topics on Twitter.
Aside from his victory, the story of Day and his caddie, Colin Swatton, figured as a compelling sidebar after their relationship became the subject of many media outfits, including the Associated Press.
What has been a rocky life for Day somehow had a bright, refreshing spot the moment him and Swatton stood close to the PGA’s Wanamker Trophy.
Day, who lost his father to cancer during his early teenage years, also had eight relatives, including his Filipino grandmother, perish during catastrophe brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
He has climbed two spots from being No. 5 in the golf’s global ladder.
Just like many of the storylines of toughness and triumph, Day’s victory in Wisconsin is one that embodies the resilience that is distinctly Filipino.