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Rory McIlroy loses No1 spot as Jason Day takes PGA

By Robert Jones

Rory McIlroy faces a battle to regain his World No1 spot after losing out to new golfing force Jordan Spieth in the US PGA climax early today at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Rory was deposed at the double as Australian Jason Day claimed the Holywood star's US PGA title and his own first Major, holding off the challenge of Spieth.

But second place was enough to put Spieth on top of ther world at Rory's expense. Rory showed encouraging signs of a return to form as he shot a final day 69 to finish 9 under par, in his first tournament back from ruptured ankle ligaments six weeks ago.

Day carded a final round of 67 to become the first player to finish a major on 20 under par, beating the previous record of 19 under set by Tiger Woods in the 2000 Open at St Andrews.

The 27-year-old was in tears even before tapping in for par on the 18th, where he was embraced by his caddie and mentor Col Swatton, son Dash and wife Ellie, who is pregnant with the couple's second child.

Spieth was looking to become only the third player after Woods and Ben Hogan to win three majors in a season, but a closing 68 meant he finished three shots behind.

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