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2014 US Open Star Watch: Jason Day quietly finishes top-10

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jason Day posted another strong score Sunday at the 2014 US Open.
Jason Day posted another strong score Sunday at the 2014 US Open. (USATSI)

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While Jason Day tooled around Pinehurst No. 2, quietly posting an impressive Sunday score, it sure looked like he has the game to win a major one day. That day wasn't Sunday for the Australian but the future is certainly promising.

Day carded a 34 on the front and back nine, respectively, and nearly met his goal of going bogey-free before dropping a stroke on 18.

"The goal today was try and go bogey-free. Obviously the last putt there didn't help that, but I'm not disappointed at all," Day said. "Being out for so long, this is my second, real second tournament back after the injury on one of the biggest stages, as well as against the best players in the world. I'm pretty pleased."

Day's 26 years old at this point and now owns a slew of impressive major performances.

Three top five finishes in the past four US Opens is nothing to sneeze at and reeks of a guy breaking through soon. Day also has a second-place finish at the Masters (2011) and a top-10 performance at the PGA Championship (2013).

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Rickie Fowler (2 over): You can't be too disappointed when you end up under par at the US Open. But after Fowler's massive move on the difficult course Saturday, he wilted a bit on an easier setup Sunday.

Paired with Martin Kaymer and saddled with a five-stroke deficit, Fowler managed par through the first three holes before blowing up for a double bogey on four. He got a stroke back at five but bogeyed the ninth, the 11th and the 17th.

He was the biggest name on the leaderboard for most of the weekend and is a bonafide "golf celebrity." But the reality is he has just a single PGA Tour victory to his name. Playing in the final pairing on the final day of America's championship is great experience for the garishly dressed youngster.


Dustin Johnson (3 over): Johnson started the day off as one of the guys within Hail Mary distance of Kaymer. The German made it all irrelevant but DJ didn't give himself a chance to ever get close.

At least he knows it.

"Just wasn't very good today," Johnson said. "I actually drove the ball pretty well, especially through the first 12, 13 holes. Just didn't hit quality iron shots. Out here, you got to hit really good shots and I just couldn't do that and didn't take advantage of 3 and 5, where I had a good number in. Just struggled a little bit today. And then obviously making three bogeys in a row on 15, 16, 17.

"But at that point, I was just trying to get into the house."

That's how I felt a few weeks ago when I played a miserable round from the tips the day after a tournament wrapped up (maximum hacker difficulty). But I wasn't trying to close out a good round in a major and didn't have more than $5 or $10 at stake.

Johnson's got a top-15 finish at every single major at this point but hasn't closed out for a victory yet. Sunday could've been good practice.


Brandt Snedeker (3 over): Sneds was the early halfway leader in the first round but struggled to finish strong Thursday. It was a microcosm for his full round: after going 69 and 68, Snedeker shot 72 and 73 over the weekend.

Five-over for the weekend is actually pretty strong, but after a surge early from Snedeker it looked like he could be breaking through to finally win a major (he's got a pile of impressive finishes in the four big tournaments).

It wasn't the case and saving his worst round of the week for Sunday feels like an unfortunate way to symbolize Snedeker's Sunday struggles.


Jordan Spieth (3 over): Spieth ended up finishing T-17 but didn't play particularly well on Sunday, firing a three-over and progressively getting a little bit worse each day.

On the other hand, if you're turning 21 in July and you can manage to stay below 75 every single day for the four days through the grind of Pinehurst you've probably got a pretty good future ahead of you.

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