Jason Day, the world’s top-ranked player, shot a 76 in the first round of the U.S. Open, and three grueling days later, he still believed he had a chance to win with two holes left to play Sunday.
It said a lot about his self-belief and his skill.
After a 66 in the third round at Oakmont Country Club, Day made a late charge with an eagle at 12 and a birdie at 13 to get to one under par. At the time, eventual champion Dustin Johnson was four under and facing a one-stroke penalty.
So Day tried to drive the green at the par-four 17th, came up just a few yards short and ended up in the bunker...