SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Jason Day made it close Sunday at the PGA Championship, but in the end the defending champion came up one shot short in a spirited title defense. He walked away from Baltusrol Golf Club knowing that he had his chances.
It was a convoluted day, as the Australian started the day two shots back of leaders Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker in the rain-delayed third round in the morning and then just one shot back of Walker when the fourth round started. From there, Day played catchup and never got even with Walker.
After two bogeys in his first three holes, Day found himself slipping down a crowded leaderboard chasing Walker.
“On days like this, you’ve just got to keep pushing yourself harder than anyone else, mentally more so than physically,” Day said afterward. “I know it’s tough. It’s grueling, and you’ve got to – like it’s more mentally painful to go through days like this, just because you get to a certain point and that barrier, you’ll be sitting there and going, I just don’t know if I can push on anymore.”
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