Jason Day glad to be back in the frame for majors after injury woes

Jason Day glad to be back in the frame for majors after injury woes
Jason Day’s hopes of a second major title petered out over the final holes at the PGA Championship on Sunday but the Australian leaves TPC Harding Park with renewed confidence after a difficult period on the tour.

The 2015 winner finished tied for fourth, three strokes behind maiden major champion Collin Morikawa, having grabbed a share of the lead at the 14th with an eight-foot birdie putt in his closing four-under 66.

A relaxed-looking Day was all smiles when on top late in the round but he exited with a tinge of regret after being unable to conjure birdies on the final four holes to pressure Californian Morikawa.

It was nonetheless an encouraging week for the 32-year-old former world No 1, who relished the feeling of challenging on the final day of a major again.

“Overall, I played solid golf from tee-to-green,” Day said after his bogey-free round. “Gave myself the opportunities. Although I played great, I still – there’s still a lot more to improve on. I feel like my game was just solid enough to get into a playoff, if not win.”

Day has battled back problems for much of his career and tumbled out of the top 50 after a winless 2019. But he arrived in chilly San Francisco with top-10 finishes in his three previous starts and with a fresh mindset after splitting with long-time coach and mentor Colin Swatton.

“I’ve been moving in the right direction over the last four tournaments,” said Day. “Things are slowly coming to – it’s like a puzzle, really. Everything is starting to connect and click.

“Coming into this week, I was confident on my game. I should be walking out of here more confident just with how I played today, more so than anything. If my putter gets hot, I’m going to win pretty soon.”

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