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Ja­son can see signs of day­light

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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.”

 ??  ?? Ja­son Day misses a putt on the 17th green which cost him his chance of vic­tory; and (be­low) win­ner Collin Morikawa. Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages
Ja­son Day misses a putt on the 17th green which cost him his chance of vic­tory; and (be­low) win­ner Collin Morikawa. Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages

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