So close but no cigar again for Aussie Jason Day

Aussie has been knocking on the door lately and a major is inevitable after another solid display

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 4:48am


Third place at the Masters. Tied for second at the US Open.

And that's just this year.

Jason Day is too young to get saddled with that dreaded "Best Player Never To Win a Major" label, so he might as well go ahead and win one.

"As long as I keep knocking on the door," the Australian golfer said, "I think I'll win a major here soon."

It sure looks inevitable after watching him at Merion. Rounds of 70, 74, 68 and 71 can be worn liked a badge of honour at a championship in which the winning score was Justin Rose's 1-over 281. Day finished two shots back, level with Phil Mickelson.

"At the start of the week everyone thought we were going to rip it up," Day said. "But I just knew that somewhere around even par was going to win it, and I just had to stick in there. So I was very patient with myself and happy with how I handled myself, and now I have just got to keep giving myself shots at majors."

The 25-year-old Day has played in five majors. He's finished out of the top 10 only once.

In his first major, Day finished in a share of 60th place at the 2010 British Open. Since then, his record is impressive: tied for 10th at the 2010 PGA Championship, tied for second behind champion Charl Schwartzel at the 2011 Masters, outright second behind Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011.

This year, he's the only player to finish in the top 10 at both majors played.

Day spent Sunday hovering near the top, unable to break through because he kept cancelling himself out. Birdie at No 4, bogey at No 5. Birdie at No 10, bogey at No 11. He was one off the lead when he got to 18, but he put his approach in the bunker and missed a 5-footer for par.

No shame there. No one birdied the finishing hole over the final two rounds. It was the shortest major championship course in nine years, but the scores were typical US Open.

"I think that every club in the bag got a workout this week," he said. "So I think that it would be sad for it not to come back [here] to a US Open."