AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jason Day needed a 67 on Sunday to get into a playoff with Danny Willett for the Masters title. Instead he shot 73, tied for 10th place, finished six shots off the lead and really never contended.
It was a tough week for the world No. 1, who like Rory McIlroy, was a mere footnote at the end of the week. He shot 72-73-71-73 for a 1-over-par total.
“I was just trying to grind out as much as possible those three days and today there was definite scoring opportunities if you put your pall in position,” Day said. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my ball in position.
“Although it was a disappointing week from tee to green, it wasn’t that bad. I’ve just got to keep working hard. And then hopefully the hard work will pay off. But I’ll look at what I did wrong this week and try and improve that in future tournaments here.”
Day was six shots off the lead Saturday when he finished. But when Jordan Spieth recorded a bogey, double-bogey finish Day was quickly only within three shots of the lead.
By the time Day made the turn even-par on Sunday it was clear he wouldn’t have enough firepower to pursue the leaders. Two more bogeys and a birdie ended a disappointing day and completed a disappointing week.