News & ToursAugust 12, 2015

Jason Day is aware how hard it is to win a major, thank you very much

HAVEN, Wis. -- Jason Day can hear the whispers. He knows the near-misses are adding up.

But to the 27-year-old, his resume is not filled with shortcomings. It's filled with experience.

"It's very difficult to try and close on a Sunday at a major championship," Day said at his Wednesday media press conference at Whistling Straits. "But the more times that I keep putting myself there, the more opportunities that I give myself, sooner or later, it's going to happen."

Well, yes and no. We've already documented the relationship momentum has with the PGA Championship. On that front, Day's outlook is promising, winning the RBC Canadian Open after his fourth-place finish at St. Andrews. Moreover, the Australian boasts nine top 10s in majors since 2010, including a T-10 the last time the PGA Championship was held at Whistling Straits.

Yet, as we saw with Rickie Fowler's 2014-to-2015 transition, just because you keep knocking on the door doesn't mean someone is going to let you in.

"We're humans out there," Day said. "It's very easy to make poor choices and have bad swings every now and then. We got so blessed with Tiger and Rory and Jordan that winning looks easy.

"And I'm not saying it's difficult for me, but it's something that I'm trying to learn and get better at."

The problem is, Day hasn't been bad. You don't rack up his record by playing poorly. Rather, it's failing to find that extra gear, that next level major championship venues require.

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However, Day feels like his game is perfectly fine as is to win on golf's biggest stage.

"I think it's good to be consistent, because every once in awhile you can strike lightning in a bottle."

To be fair, we likely aren't giving Day's work enough credit, especially considering the multitude of health woes he's encountered and overcome.

"Just seems like every year something pops up and I have to take at least one to two, even more, tournaments off," Day conceded. "But I feel good about how I've prepared this year for golf tournaments. And right now I'm mentally in a good spot."

Whistling Straits would be apropos for Day's first major championship win. It was here that Day, playing with eventual winner Martin Kaymer, notes as a big turning point in his career.

"I was right around the lead going to the ninth tee. I caught a flier over the back and ended up making double, and that kind of derailed my back side.

"The interesting thing was I really learned a lot of what Martin did that day. He wasn't driving the ball that great, but it was just all about the patience that he had within himself to stay focused on what he needed to do."

"Patience and fortitude conquer all things," Ralph Walph Emerson wrote. Day undoubtedly has both virtues. The conquest could come this week.

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