Day finished T-2 at the Masters alongside Adam Scott, just two shots back of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel. On Sunday at Congressional, Day finished second, although this time he was a distant eight back of champion Rory McIlroy. Day accomplished both runner-up finishes in his inaugural appearance at each of the majors.
Day knows he ran into a buzzsaw in Rory McIlroy.
“You can’t beat a guy that’s gone out and played as well as he has this week. He just didn’t miss a beat, played phenomenal golf, and I played really, really solid golf over the weekend, which I really wanted to do, and I’m very, very happy to finish second, which is nice,” Day said.
The Aussie played the final 45 holes of the Open without a bogey and finished at 8 under. That score would have won all but six U.S. Opens since World War II.
“Obviously coming to a U.S. Open that I’ve never played before, I was thinking that 4 under was going to win it, and what is it, 16 or 17 under? Sixteen ended up winning it? It’s just phenomenal golf,” he said.
The year is unfolding for Day like it did for Ernie Els in 2000. Els finished runner-up in the first three majors of that year.