Jason Day applies pressure but comes up 1 shot short at PGA

Jason Day

Jason Day applies pressure but comes up 1 shot short at PGA

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Jason Day applies pressure but comes up 1 shot short at PGA

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Jason Day made it close Sunday at the PGA Championship, but in the end the defending champion came up one shot short in a spirited title defense. He walked away from Baltusrol Golf Club knowing that he had his chances.

It was a convoluted day, as the Australian started the day two shots back of leaders Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker in the rain-delayed third round in the morning and then just one shot back of Walker when the fourth round started. From there, Day played catchup and never got even with Walker.

After two bogeys in his first three holes, Day found himself slipping down a crowded leaderboard chasing Walker.

“On days like this, you’ve just got to keep pushing yourself harder than anyone else, mentally more so than physically,” Day said afterward. “I know it’s tough. It’s grueling, and you’ve got to – like it’s more mentally painful to go through days like this, just because you get to a certain point and that barrier, you’ll be sitting there and going, I just don’t know if I can push on anymore.”

Day would have preferred to have been in the final group with Walker, but with the threat of more rain looming, the PGA of America opted to not re-pair Sunday. Thus, Day found himself playing ahead of Walker.

Yet, Day tried to turn it into an advantage when he buried a 14-foot eagle putt at 18 for a 3-under 67 that trimmed his deficit to one shot, but Walker made a closing two-putt par to seal it.

“Being able to do exactly what I said, putting some pressure on him with one hole to go; but it would have been nice to be able to play in the last group with him, just to be able to go back and forth with him, maybe put a little bit more pressure on, because usually that becomes into kind of a match-play format, like where you’re going back and forth,” Day said. “More mistakes or crucial moments can happen in situations like that.”

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