June 15 2013
Jason Day is looking for his first major win. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Will Australia be halfway to the Grand Slam on Sunday night? Jason Day would love nothing more than follow Masters winner Adam Scott as Australia's next major winner.
Day certainly gave himself a chance on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 68 in the third round of the U.S. Open. That moves him to 2 over for the tournament and into the top 10 on the leaderboard going into the final round.
Day has knocked on the door at a few majors in recent years. He was second in the U.S. Open two years ago, and has two top-3 finishes at the Masters.
Perhaps there is fate that his breakthrough might come at Merion. After all, the last U.S. Open winner here was also an Aussie, David Graham in 1981.
"It would mean the world to me if I could win my first major here," Day said. "I've had a couple of opportunities to win before, but to actually win on I think one of the toughest U.S. Opens that I've ever played -- I only played three, but from looking at the past I think this is one of the toughest U.S. Opens I've ever seen.
"To know that my game is good enough to compete and win out here on this golf course would be great."
Even though Merion has taken its toll on the field, Day said he enjoyed the set-up of the course. Day was able to post five birdies on his round, which helped counter a couple of stumbes on his front nine, as well as a final bogey at the 18th hole.
"I think that the way they set the course up was, it was fun," Day said. " Even though there were accessible pins, I think that it was still playing tough and you just have to keep your respect out there and just keep plugging away and that's pretty much all I did."