Scott, Day post another top 10 major finish
Jason Day and Adam Scott have always said it’s the majors they plan their playing schedule around and major results have certainly followed for the Aussie pair.
Day and Scott have been perennial contenders in major championships over the past three years and at Pinehurst on Sunday the Aussie pair again secured another top-10 finish in a major with Day a tie 4th and Scott recording his best result at a US Open with a tie for 9th.
Adam Scott at the 2014 US Open (Credit: USGA/Darren Carroll)
Scott recorded his eighth top-10 result from fourteen starts in the majors, including a win at the 2013 Masters and two runner-up finishes at the 2011 Masters and 2012 Open. Four weeks ago he gained the world number one ranking from Tiger Woods and has held onto it since.
Since 2010, Day has seven top-10′s from fourteen starts in the majors. With three runner-up finishes, including two at the US Open in 2011 and 2013, the Queenslander’s major record might be considered more consistent than Scott’s, yet he’s without a major title despite being close on so many occasions.
Day has competed in the last four US Opens finishing inside the top-5 on three occasions.
Scott’s major record sees the world number one performing better at the Masters with three top-10′s, including a win, in the last 4 years. At the Open Championship he has two top-10′s, the same as at the US PGA.
For Scott the US Open has been the one which has puzzled him, missing the cut six times in 12 starts. Sunday’s tie for 9th was his best finish since his T15 at the Olympic Club in 2012.
“Certainly I haven’t had the best record at the US Open, and it’s hard to put a finger on a lot of it,” Scott told reporters last Wednesday.
“By my own expectations in majors it’s not been a good record, and I’ve tried to improve that the last few years. I’ve done a good job, but maybe not quite as good at the US Open.”
Scott walks away from this US Open knowing he can compete in this event.
“It was a little disappointing,” said Scott on Sunday.
“It’s just the way it is out here. I’m trying to build a game that can play anywhere and this week I had my opportunities but my momentum went the other way.”
Day also walked away from Pinehurst with another strong showing at a US Open and for him a win at a major is not if but when.
“I feel like I still got a lot of good solid years ahead of me,” said the 26-year-old Day.
“I’ve been close in a few majors now. So close that you can almost taste it.”
“It’s disappointing and encouraging at the same time. If I can put myself there more and more and more, it’s bound to happen, I just feel like it’s bound to happen.”