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Day lets chance for season's second win slip away

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On a day when soft conditions should have favored his length and high ball flight, Jason Day let a chance for his second victory of the season slip away.

Day, the co-leader after Saturday's suspension of play and Sunday morning's finish to Round 3, struggled on the final day at the Zurich Classic, ending up tied for fourth, three shots behind champion Justin Rose.

After a hot start in the morning, with three straight birdies on Nos. 5-7, Day's final 27 holes just weren't low enough to keep him in the hunt of the lift-clean-and-place shootout.

The Aussie traded a birdie for a bogey to play his back nine in Round 3 only even par and tied with Rose for the 54-hole lead. A 3-under 69 in Round 4 proved insufficient with the four players in front of him - Rose, Cameron Tringale, Boo Weekley and Jim Herman - all turning in at least 66.

The result is Day's fourth top-five finish of the season, following a T-3 at Kapalua, a win at Torrey Pines and a T-4 at Pebble Beach. Though a solid outing, it likely proves diappointing for the sixth-ranked player in the world, who remains set on adding to his win total and challenging for No. 1.