ARDMORE, Pa. – Jason Day is turning into a man for all majors.
The 25-year-old Aussie made a valiant effort for the second consecutive major but came up short at the U.S. Open, finishing tied for second place with Phil Mickelson, two shots behind winner Justin Rose.
This is now the fifth time in 11 total majors played that Day has recorded a top-three finish.
You’ll remember that Day had a chance to win the Masters two months ago when he birdied Nos. 13-15 in the final round. But he bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes and ended up two shots out of the playoff with Angel Cabrera and eventual winner Adam Scott.
Here at Merion, Day was 4 over after the second round and off most people’s radar. A third-round 68 moved him back into contention and a 1-under score on the front nine Sunday gave him a chance to collect his first major. Day, however, made three bogeys on the final eight holes – including one at the last hole – and failed to win.
“As long as I keep knocking on the door, I think I'll win a major here soon,” Day said.
When it happens, it won’t be a surprise.