Five top-10 finishes in major championships from 11 starts — now that’s an impressive stat. Four of those being top-three finishes, and all from a 25-year-old? Even more impressive.
Jason Day could’ve gone one better yesterday and added the 2013 U.S. Open title but for the sublime play of Englishman, and new U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. He will no doubt rue another missed opportunity, but when the dust has settled on Merion, Day will realise and reap the rewards of the benefits of experience gained.
And what experience.
Tests don’t come a lot sterner than what Merion threw at golf’s superstars this weekend, and having responded with rounds of 70, 74, 68 and 71, the Australian has added hugely to the banks of experience he already has at the business end of golf’s major championships.
Feeling the heat and simply just being there is a part of Day’s apprenticeship to superstardom. Both of this year’s major champions so far – Adam Scott and Justin Rose – are in their early 30s, and neither would have pulled off their respective major victories without the experience, and often pain, that comes with going close.
With his ability to consistently get in the mix at such premier events, you have to feel that just one major victory for Day would open the floodgates.
He won’t want to wait too much longer, but time is on his side, and there are few of his peers that possess such experience at the game’s highest level. He may not suit the British Open and has missed the cut in his last USPGA Championship appearances, but come spring next year, I know where my Masters money will be going.