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Focus On: Jason Day

2011's nearly man

Posted Oct 07, 2011 by Chris White

Jason Day finished second at the 2011 Masters and US Open

2011 has been a difficult, yet successful year for the Australian Jason Day, having broken into the world’s top ten for the first time, but finishing runner-up in not one, but two of the four major championships.

Day turned professional in 2006 having started playing golf at the age of six with his Dad at the Beaudesert Golf Club in Queensland. Day went on to make the cut in five of his first six PGA Tour events as a professional, finishing eleventh at the Reno-Tahoe Open, earning himself just over $160,000 for the year.

Although he didn’t earn a Tour card for 2007, his performances in the Nationwide Tour meant he had won one for the 2008 season but struggled for consistent form over the next two years.

2010 was the season that Day really started to find that consistency he was looking for, becoming the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Shortly after, he made his major debut, replacing Greg Norman at the Open, finishing tied for 60th. His first major top-10 finish came at the PGA Championship in the same year, finishing 7-under par for the tournament.

At the 2011 Masters, Day birdied the final two holes but finished two short of overall winner Charl Schwartzel, tying for second on 12-under par, the lowest score by a first-time Masters participant. He then recorded back-to-back second place finishes at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He finished outright second this time, but eight strokes behind runaway winner Rory McIlroy.

As a result of these impressive major results and the consistent form between 2010 and 2011, Day rose to a career-high seventh in the world rankings.

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