June 16 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Phil Mickelson has the record for most runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open at six, but Jason Day is quickly gaining ground on him.
The Aussie recorded is fourth career top-three finish in a major on Sunday, tying for second with Mickelson two strokes back of Justin Rose at the 113th U.S. Open.
Unlike Mickelson, however, there was nowhere near the same amount of heartbreak for the 25-year-old, who also finished third in the year's first major.
"I feel that my game is in a really good spot right now," said Day, who two years ago was (a distant) second to Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open at Congressional. "I'm doing the right things. I'm doing the little things that count."
Unfortunately for Day, it was a couple of big numbers that cost him down the stretch on Sunday -- specifically bogeys on the 11th, 14th and 18th.
He made crucial par saves in between but should have never been in that position to begin with.
But for a player in his mid 20s with runner-up finishes in the year's first two majors, Day knows there's a silver lining.
"If I want it enough and I'm willing to do the hard work and practice and keep myself dedicated, I think it will happen," he said. "If I slack off and don't do the work then it won't happen. That's just plain and simple."