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Woods Former world no 1 proud of US PGA Championship winner Jason Day

Tiger Woods said he was proud of Jason Day's maiden major win, lauding the quality of the Australian's US PGA Championship victory.

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Tiger Woods proud of US PGA Championship winner Jason Day

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Tiger Woods said he was proud of Jason Day's maiden major win, lauding the quality of the Australian's US PGA Championship victory.

Day, 27, was influenced by reading a book on Woods when in the infancy of his golfing journey at Kooralbyn International boarding school - having previously struggled to settle down in his teenage years following the death of his father Alvin to cancer.

But Day's meteoric rise to being a major-winning golfer on Sunday has seen the man he was reading about - the man with 14 majors to his name - praise the Queenslander.

Woods said the nature of Day's win - he held off a challenge from Jordan Spieth, who became the new world number one as a result - made the moment all the more special.

"I couldn't be more proud of him," Woods told a news conference on Wednesday.

"The progress he's made and the times he hasn't got it done, they all hurt.

"As a player and as a competitor, those instances really do help. But he built on them, he learnt from them and now he's a major champion.

"It wasn't like he backed into it, he went out there and he earned it.

"I think that's what's more impressive than anything else - that Jordan put up one hell of a fight and it wasn't like these guys were throwing up on themselves making bogeys down the stretch; they were both making birdies and they were both pushing each other.

"But Jason just flat out played great.

"Obviously Jordan pushed him hard, but it was neat to see them both play at that high level.

"I've had a couple of times where we've been able to do that at a high level and it is so much more fun that way than having two guys throwing up on themselves coming down the stretch."

Woods, however, would probably take a win however it came this week, when he tees off at the Wyndham Championship in a bid to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The former world number one's struggles have been well-publicised, but his past two PGA Tour results - excluding majors - have been promising.

Woods finished tied for 32nd at the Greenbrier Classic, before a tied-for-18th result at the Quicken Loans National in August.

The 39-year-old said while he was preparing for a wet week at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina, his toughest task would be putting.

"My biggest concern is trying to learn these greens fast," conceded Woods, who can only qualify for the play-offs with a win or an outright second-place finish this week.

"I hadn't putted on Bermuda greens that are this fast in a very long time, probably not since my greens in the backyard right before Augusta - we get them running at 15 or 16 [on a Stimpmeter].

"But Bermuda doesn't usually get like this. Even with the rain, they're still fast, they dried out.

"Down grain, downhill, they're rolling out pretty good, so that's one of the adjustments I had to make today and I spoke to Davis [Love III] about it, we were both shocked last night how fast they were with that much rain."

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