Jason can see signs of daylight
third win on the PGA Tour, giving him more victories than missed cuts since he turned pro just 14 months ago.
Day, who finished three back of Morikawa, had four straight pars in his final four holes after thrusting himself into contention with a huge birdie putt at the 11th before another at the 14th took him to a short-lived share of the lead.
But a birdie putt at the 17th hole burned the edge of the hole, and Day had to settle for a tie for fourth place.
It was a fourth straight top-10 finish for the Queenslander, who had slipped outside the top 50 this year, and an indication that his first win since 2018 wasn’t far away.
“I’ve been moving in the right direction over the last four tournaments. Things are slowly coming to – it’s like a puzzle, really. Everything is starting to connect and click,”
Day said. “You know, 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. Shooting 4under, bogey-free on a tough golf course on a Sunday at a PGA Championship was quite nice.
“You know, overall, I played solid golf from tee-togreen. Gave myself the opportunities. Although I played great, I still – there‘s still a lot more to improve on.”
Day said it could have been a different story if his putter “got hot” after nearmisses on the final few holes.
“You had to be perfect. I mean, I needed to birdie 16, 17 to give myself a good shot at 18,” he said. “I mean, if I go back through the rounds, I needed to birdie 4, 7, 16 and 17, because I felt like those were good birdie opportunities and, unfortunately, it’s just not going to be good enough, I don’t think.
“Overall it was solid. If my putter gets hot, I’m going to win pretty soon, yeah.”
Morikawa joins Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods as players who have won a PGA before their 24th birthday.
Morikawa won the Workday Charity Open in July and the Barracuda Championship last year. He lost in a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge in July.
“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.
“It’s hard to think about what this championship means.
“Obviously it’s a major, and this is what guys go for, especially at the end of the their career. And we’re just starting.”