ADAM Scott rightly captured all the attention, but Australian No.2 Jason Day was quite content with his golf over the domestic summer as well.
While Scott was duelling with Rory McIlroy for the Australian Open crown on Sunday, Day quietly climbed the leaderboard to finish in a tie for sixth at Royal Sydney.
Day's second straight top-10 finish at the Open, after a joint fourth in 2011, came on the back of the US-based 26-year-old's victory over Scott and company at the World Cup of Golf last Sunday at Royal Melbourne.
Already a three-time major runner-up and world No.11, Day said "staying mentally tough through the process of playing competitive golf against good players" was still part of the learning curve.
"What I did last week was a good step in the right direction and this week as well just adding onto some good solid golf," he said.
"It was a good successful two weeks and I'm happy with how everything panned out.
"It's really exciting to me, really motivating and encouraging that I played the way I did and I've just got to keep working hard and keep doing all the little things right."
Scott's season is finished, but Day is flying back to LA on Monday to wind up his year at the Tiger Woods-hosted invitational event featuring 18 of the world's premier players.
"Then after that I've got about five weeks off. A good time for a little bit of a break just to really think about what has happened over the last two weeks," Day said.
"Time to get some good rest and when I come back get some good preparation going into next season."
The Queenslander said it was impossible to say if he'd be back on home soil for next year's Australian Open.
"It's so far away," Day said.
"With the wrap-around season (in the US), it's just very difficult to get back and play all of them. I won't know until the mid-season.
"End of second quarter is when I'll know best whether I'll play or not and I'll make a decision then."
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