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British Open 2023: Why Jason Day's latest runner-up puts him in pretty elite company

July 23, 2023
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As we saw on Sunday at the Open Championship, not all runner-ups are created equal. With Brian Harman cruising to the claret jug at Royal Liverpool there was never any drama late on Sunday. But that doesn't make the money earned by the four guys who finished six shots behind any less real. And it didn't keep Jason Day from accomplishing something that only a couple handfuls of golfers have ever done.

The T-2 meant the Aussie has now finished second at every major in his career, joining a pretty select group of players. Day is just the ninth golfer to pull off the feat—something Golf Twitter's stats guru Justin Ray made us aware of:

OK, so who are the other eight? In order of when they accomplished this career grand slam of sorts, you've got Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, and Dustin Johnson. Not too shabby, right?

And like all those other names, Day does have at least one major title (the 2015 PGA Championship) to go along with all those other heartbreaks. Although, again, Sunday wasn't much of a heartbreak with Harman's runaway victory at Royal Liverpool.

Interestingly, Nicklaus is the only golfer to have accomplished this and completed the actual career Grand Slam. Of course, that makes sense considering the man who won a ridiculous 18 majors also had an even crazier 19 runner-ups.

On the flip side, Day and Oosthuizen are the only guys on this list with only one major victory. But unlike Louie following a close call at the 2017 PGA, we're not expecting a forthcoming lip-syncing video from Jason.