Dublin - Jason Day started the final round
three shots behind the leaders and poised to crack the top 25 at the Memorial
for the first time. In the end, though, it was more of the same in the
Australian's adopted hometown.
The No 1-ranked player in the world had a
double bogey and five bogeys in a 2-over 74 on Sunday that left him tied for
27th place at 9 under - six shots out of a playoff that William McGirt won over
In seven previous appearances at Muirfield
Village, a club where he happens to be a member, Day missed three cuts and
never managed to finish above a tie for 27th place. The disappointing result
Sunday came after decent rounds of 66 on Thursday and 68 on Saturday, with a 71
wedged in on Friday.
"Today was just all over the
shop," Day said. "I just wasn't that sharp out there, missing greens
with wedges in the hand. I just wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to have
been, but it is what it is. Hit it in the water twice. You just can't do it
when you're trying to win a tournament."
But if the 28-year-old Day is overly
concerned about the stumble, he's certainly not showing it. He'll rest a couple
days, then begin preparations for the US Open in two weeks at Oakmont in
Pennsylvania. He said his problems are small ones.
I've just got to tidy a few things up with
the long game," said Day, who makes his home in suburban Columbus.
"It's not that bad, because on Thursday and Saturday I hit great. Off the tee
was great, and to the greens was fantastic, Friday and today I just wasn't
Day said after the success of the past
several months - he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and World Golf
Championships-Dell Match Play in March and was coming off a victory May 12 in
The Players Championship - it's easier to shake off a lousy outing and get back
"Everyone was asking earlier this year
why I wasn't winning, and I just said it's a process, and it's the same thing
(now)," Day said. "I think if it doesn't show up (at the US Open),
it's going to show up somewhere else, and as long as I keep working hard it's
going to happen again. I just have to focus on getting the process right, and
if I can do that maybe the US Open will time perfectly and I can peak there and
play well there."
Day wasn't the only player to stumble at
the Memorial after coming off a tournament win.
Second-ranked Jordan Spieth, who picked up
his eighth PGA Tour victory last week at the Colonial, barely made a peep at
the Memorial, finishing in a tie for 57th at 3 under.
"Didn't have my best stuff this week,
but just didn't make great decisions when I needed to give respect to the golf
course," Spieth said. "And that's something I'm going to have do at
Oakmont. So I recognise that. We're still running on momentum. Got to get some
fresh legs and get ready to go."