OAKMONT, Pa. – Jason Day was always going to have to mount a massive attack to have any chance to win the U.S. Open. For most of the day Sunday he was an afterthought while hovering around even par.
The world No. 1 showed a glimmer of a spark with an eagle at No. 12 and a birdie at 13 while the leaders were doing nothing at the time. But a double bogey at 17 and a bogey at 18 deflated the round and Day shot 71 and ended the week at 2 over par, six shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.
“I played some good golf out there the last three rounds and very happy with how I played,” Day said. “Not so happy with the finish. Obviously, I’m here to win a tournament and, unfortunately, I didn’t win.
“But all good stuff to learn from and just try and get better for the next time.”
Day had too much of a hill to climb after shooting an opening-round 76. He was wayward off the tee, his short game was not sharp and he did not have his usual touch with the putter. Day rebounded with 69-66-71 over the final three rounds to tie for eighth place.
“One of these years, it’s going to fall my way,” he said. “But, you know, until then I’ve got to keep working hard and keep being focused on the process and trying to get better each and every week.”