Day could miss PGA Championship, US Open

Jason Day is nothing short of a superstar when it comes to major finishes. In his short career, he has managed ten top-5 finishes including four second places and of course his breakthrough win at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

However, the news is not looking good for this year with the Queenslander a chance at not making it to both the PGA Championship this week and the US Open in June.

Jason Day Jason Day with the 2015 PGA Championship trophy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

While it all sounds like bad news, Day’s reason for missing the PGA Championship is that his wife Ellie is expecting their fourth child any day now. Ironically the last time Day missed a major was for the birth of his first child, Dash, which saw him pull out ahead of the 2012 Open Championship.

“I just want to make sure that I see the birth of our fourth child. I could get a call this week or next week. In the next four weeks it can come,” said Day.

“If it happens to be on Sunday at a major championship where I’m in contention, it happens. It would be nice to win, but family is forever.”

The US Open is a different matter. The 33-year-old has finished inside the top-10 in five out of his ten appearances at the USGA major but with his current lack of form seeing him slide to 65th in the world rankings, the 12-time PGA Tour champion will be forced to look at other ways of earning a spot at Torrey Pines next month.

Day has just two tournaments left – the PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament – to get himself back inside the top-60. The Ohio-based Aussie has indicated he will not play in local sectional qualifying due to the dates conflicting with previous sponsor commitments.

“I haven’t even thought about missing a major championship in a very long time. I’m obviously on the border of missing (Torrey). I’ve got to play well in the next two weeks. Obviously I would love to play the Torrey Pines U.S. Open because I’ve had a lot of success around that golf course,” said Day, who won the Farmers Insurance Open at the San Diego course in 2015 and 2018.

Day is still listed as playing the Thursday-starting PGA Championship with teetimes and groupings yet to be announced.