Day's week rises above griping

UNIVERSITY PLACE - Jason Day had to only turn up for the final round of the US Open on Sunday to become an adopted American idol.

Few nations love a tale of triumph over adversity more than the United States, and that the Australian was there to even play at all was testament to his guts, regardless of where the glory went.

Nobody should really be surprised that Day played on, despite collapsing on course late on Friday and having vertigo diagnosed.

Two years ago, he lost his grandmother, uncle and six other family members in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, but he still won the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne days later.

The 27-year-old saw the doctor on Sunday morning and opened with three pars. He looked to be fading at the finale, but had already done his bit, finishing at even par and tied for ninth place.

He said: "I fought a good fight. And I think everybody that watched the telecast knows that I never gave up. It was a battle."

After collapsing on Friday on the final hole of his second round, Day shot a 68 in Saturday's third round for a share of the lead, although his hands and legs were shaking as he stood over shots.

People searched for comparisons for his efforts and came up with Ken Venturi's dehydrated win at the 1964 US Open, and Tiger Woods winning his last Major on a leg with a stress fracture.

Day's heroic week rose above the constant complaining by players struggling on the course. Those gripers might have been better advised to do what he did, and take their medicine like a man.

THE TIMES, LONDON, BLOOMBERG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2015, with the headline 'Day's week rises above griping'. Print Edition | Subscribe