Jason Day refused to come up short this time.
Less than a week after leaving a 22-foot downhill putt to get into a British Open playoff short, the 27-year-old buried some demons by ramming a similar putt home to clinch the Canadian Open on the 72nd hole.
It capped off a birdie, birdie, birdie finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club to beat Bubba Watson by a stroke as the 27-year-old set out to prove he doesn’t have a closing problem.
Day was forced to settle for equal fourth at St Andrews, his ninth major championship top 10 in just 20 starts, and the questions once again surfaced.
But the Queenslander responded in the best possible fashion, not only by winning, but winning in clutch style.
“All of those little hiccups along the way you would say with major championships just falling short or not doing enough or all of those things are just setting me up,” Day said.
“And hopefully later on down the road it becomes a lot easier for me to finish it off the way I need to.
“This was a good indication of where my game is at with regard to that.
“I feel like I’ve put myself in contention over the last two weeks. I fell short a little bit last week, but I knew my game was ready and I was focused on playing good this week.
“To be able to do that on the 72nd hole was tremendous. I want to show the people that I’m not going to quit and I’m not going to stop fighting until it’s over, and that’s probably the way I’m going to play the rest of my life.”
After winning the Farmers Insurance Open in February, Day now has his first multiple win season and fourth US PGA Tour victory overall.