June 19 2011
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Two majors. Two second places.
A tie at the Masters. Solo at the U.S. Open.
So if you're not paying attention to Jason Day, you should be.
The 2010 Byron Nelson champ, the 23-year-old from Queensland, is turning into a major force. He shot a 64 in the second round of the Masters; a third-round 65 here at Congressional Country Club. He shared second -- two shots behind winner Charl Schwartzel -- with fellow Aussie Adam Scott at the Masters and finished 8 shots behind Rory McIlroy here, closing with a 68 to McIlroy's 69.
"Obviously it's my first U.S. Open,'' said Day, who has seven top-nine finishes on the TOUR this year. "Very excited that I finished second. I'm not going to go home and cry because I got whooped.
"But Rory, you can't beat a guy that's gone out and played as well as he has this week. He just didn't miss a beat, played phenomenal golf, and I played really, really solid golf over the weekend, which I really wanted to do, and I'm very, very happy to finish second, which is nice."
In so many other years, 8 under would have won. This week, Day's remarkable week was just the second lowest score by one of the fast-rising 20-somethings.
"Yeah, obviously if you go around to each country, each country has their own rising star coming up,'' Day said. "This is the start of it, and obviously Rory is leading it, and there's a bunch of other great golfers out there that obviously we need to work a little harder to get to the level of Rory. But you're right, we really are going to start a new generation, and it's really fun. I think it's great for golf."