On Sunday, Jason Day recorded his eighth top-10 of the season, which ranks second on the PGA TOUR. What he’s missing, of course, is a win.
Day shot a 1-under 69 in the final round, but he slipped up early and was never able to recover. After a birdie on the opening hole, the Aussie bogeyed the par-5 second, which must have felt like a double bogey given how many birdies were being made there this week.
In the end, Day’s four birdies were mostly erased by three bogeys and a balky putter -- he took 31 putts -- and he had to settle for another good, but not great, result.
“After I bogeyed [No. 2], I knew I needed to just stick around, just see what I can do.” Day said. “There were plenty of holes left, and it felt like the day went really, really quick today.
“I felt like I hit it great all day, and you know, when I had the opportunities, I just didn't capitalize on them.”
As a result, Day finished five shots back of Adam Scott, who, in fairness to Day, was largely unbeatable Sunday with a bogey-free 65. Day, a fellow Aussie, on the other hand was just “average.”
”When you have those opportunities, when your game is just average through the day, sticking around, those opportunities, if you hole them, they can kind of propel you to make more birdies coming home,” Day said.
And in the end, they never came for Day.