Aussie Assault On AT&T National

Picture: Julie Jacobson/AP
Jason Day has an affinity with the Congressional C.C. course. Image courtesy of Julie Jacobson/AP
It was close but no cigar for Jason Day , yet again, at the US Open a fortnight back. In contention at a major for what seems the umpteenth time over the past few years, Day phenomenal scrambling ability kept him in the hunt but in the end he had to settle for a share of second place with Phil Mickelson. If he wants to know about persistence at major championships, though, he need only look at Lefty’s unfortunate record of six second placings in the US Open, and given that Mickelson has four major titles to his name, you would expect Day’s time will come sooner rather than later.

Last time Day finished second in the US Open was in 2011 when the tournament was held at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, the venue for this week’s AT&T National. His game is tailor made for this course and he should improve on last year’s eighth place finish inthis event.

The one Australian who has broken through for a major win this year, Adam Scott , also comes in to this event in good form. Despite a disappointing result at Merion where he finished in a tie for 45th at 15 over the card, Scott posted three consecutive top-20 finishes prior to that following his win at Augusta National.

The big danger to the Australians is likely to come from Americans Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker . Mahan finished no lower than 12th at this event across 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012, and he held the lead at the halfway point last year. He comes in to this on the back of a tie for fourth at the US Open. Snedeker has been a model of consistency this year finishing in the top ten on six occasions.

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