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Five memorable moments from the 2016 Majors: Jason Day

THE majors always deliver the most excitement and in 2016 there were plenty of memorable moments at the game's 'big four' tournaments.

THEY’RE the pinnacle events in the game so it’s no surprise some of the most memorable moments of every golf year come from the major tournaments.

In this look back, we recap Jason Day's stellar play in the four biggest events of 2016.

Jason Day:

He might not have captured one of the game’s four biggest titles in 2016, but the play of World Number One Jason Day in the majors was a highlight reel of its own.

Only 14 players made the cut in all four 2016 majors and, of those, only Day finished under par, with his nine-under total 12 better than nearest rival Jordan Spieth.

His 2016 performance marks the fourth consecutive year Day has played all 72 holes of the four most important tournaments, an achievement in itself, and in his 25 played to date, he boasts 13 top-10 finishes including a win and four seconds.

While the PGA represented his only genuine chance at victory, Day gave fans something to cheer about at every turn in the year just gone.

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The Queenslander was five-under through the opening nine holes of the Masters before fading to an even-par 72 on day one and an eventual T10 finish.

An opening 76 at Oakmont was followed by some extraordinarily gritty play over the next three days, highlighted by a chip-in eagle at the 12th hole on Sunday to get within touching distance of the lead.

An aggressive tee shot in an attempt to eagle Oakmont’s driveable par-4 17th eventually led to a double-bogey and a T8 finish but the effort was testament to Day’s win-or-die-trying attitude.

Being on the wrong side of the draw at Royal Troon meant he had no real chance at winning the Open Championship - where he finished T22 - but he came within a whisker at the PGA at Baltusrol.

And while he may not have claimed one of the four big ones, Day did take out the game’s ‘fifth major’, The Players Championship, in emphatic fashion in May.

An opening course record-equalling 63 was as impressive a round of golf as any during the year and the win was one of three by the Australian for the season.

Day’s rise to the World Number One ranking has been based on a steady diet of excellent performance at the toughest events and 2016 was another shining example for the 29-year-old.

More of the same in 2017 may yet deliver the second major championship he so desperately craves.

JASON DAY'S REMARKABLE JOUNREY TO THE TOP OF WORLD GOLF:

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Rod Morri
About The Author : Rod Morri

Rod is an award-winning golf journalist with more than 20 years experience and has covered everything from major tournaments to junior golf at the local level. Rod began his life in the media as a daily news reporter for News Limited in Sydney.

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