When we look back on this year’s British Open, we’ll all wonder what would have been if Jordan Spieth had been one stroke better, good enough to make it into the three-man playoff that Zach Johnson ultimately won.
A more forgotten storyline will be the play of Jason Day. Like Spieth, Day also missed out on making the playoff by one stroke. Both players finished at 14-under.
For Day, it’s just another close call in a running list of close calls at major championships:
Masters: 2011 (T2), 2013 (3)
U.S. Open: 2011 (2), 2013 (T2), 2014 (T4), 2015 (T9)
British Open: 2015 (T4)
PGA Championship: 2010 (T10), 2013 (T8)
If you’re doing the math, that’s nine top 10 finishes for Day at a major. He’s played in 20 his whole career.
Jason Day has played in 20 majors in his career and finished top-10 in 9 of them, including 6 top-4 finishes. It's only a matter of time.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) July 21, 2015
The 27-year-old Queenslander is ranked 9th in the world, and ranks up there with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson as the best players in the game without a major championship.
Day had plenty of chances at St. Andrews. But like so many times before, it was close, but no cigar. On Monday, a birdie putt on 18 came up agonizingly short, which would have put Day in the playoff. His 2-under par 70 was just not good enough.
“I really did the right things to give myself the opportunity at getting into the playoff and having a shot at winning my first major, but I played really good golf this week, and I can’t be disappointed by it,” he said.
“I don’t know, it’s just something that I really want to do is I really want to have that shot at immortality. It’ll soon come my way. I’ve just got to be patient with it.”
Jason Day on coming up short at St. Andrews, says he’s close to winning a major
Day has all the tools to win multiple majors. He’s fourth on tour in driving distance, and has a brilliant short game when he gets himself in a rhythm. He’s also one of this writer’s favorite players in the game.
When it comes to finding the winner’s circle however, Day has come up small. Is it just a matter of time? We’ll see. But at some point, the other shoe has to drop.