While his record at the US Open doesn’t read as bad as Phil Mickelson’s, Australian Jason Day earnt his second runner-up performance (and fourth top 3 in a major) in trying conditions at the 2013 US Open as Justin Rose went on to win his first major by two-shots at Merion.
The setup of the course came under scrutiny all week by players and media alike, with Phil Mickelson voicing his displeasure of the 266 yard, Par 3 third hole with players forced to hit driver.
The always consistent Day arguably threw away his chance at the 2013 Masters with a melt down late in his round at Augusta but he was out to make amends this week in Pennsylvania.
Rounds of 70, 74 & 68 had Day poised to strike coming into the final day, and he was able to ink his name a top of the leaderboard after a birdie on the 10th hole but a mistake on 11 ended up costing the 25-year-old.
His ball found the thick rough just off the right edge of the fairway, but found the creek short of the green on his approach shot. From a tight lie in the drop zone the Australian only just cleared the hazard again, but a clutch chip-in from the rough gave Day some hope to pull of victory.
Two more bogies weren’t what the doctor ordered though for the Queenslander as he slipped to 3-over for the tournament in a share of second with Phil Mickelson.
“As long as I keep knocking on the door, I think I’ll win a major here soon,” Day said. “Unfortunately things happen in golf and that’s just the way it is.”
Personally I believe that a major win isn’t far away for Day, but he has struggled to close out tournaments, only winning once so far on the PGA Tour but with age comes experience and as a player he can only grow wiser.
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