Jason Day to Miss U.S. Open 2021 and End Major Championship Streak

Published 06/07/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Jason Day hits a tee shot on the fifteenth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Jason Day has been experiencing minor setbacks in his career of late. The veteran golfer withdrew from the 2021 Memorial Tournament due to a back injury and the same will keep him out from U.S. Open 2021. Day missing the third major of the season also means that his impressive streak comes to an end. 

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Jason Day was not given a spot at U.S. Open 2021. He had to go through qualifying to book a place in the field, but the veteran golfer opted out from playing the qualifiers. Primarily because the back injury compelled him to. 

NBC Sports’ Will Gray confirmed that Jason Day was missing from the Columbus sectional qualifier on Monday which obviously means that he can’t qualify for U.S. Open 2021. It is also the first major that Day isn’t exempt for since 2010! 

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May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Jason Day watches his tee shot on the fifteenth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Day ends impressive major championship streak 

Earlier in the year, we saw Rickie Fowler failing to qualify for the 2021 Masters and thereby ending a streak of playing in 42 consecutive major championships. It was agonizing indeed, but now, Jason Day faces the same fate. 

May 21, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Jason Day hits from the fifteenth tee box during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Since Jason Day won’t be a part of the field at U.S. Open 2021, it brings down his impressive streak of having played in 34 consecutive major tournaments. The 2015 PGA Championship winner joined the tour in 2008 and made his U.S. Open debut in 2011. 

This year will be the first U.S. Open since 2010 that won’t have Day competing on the field. Such distressing news for the 33-year-old PGA Tour veteran indeed. 

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Day impressed in his very first U.S. Open outing in fact. He finished second only behind Rory McIlroy and went 8-under for the tournament held at the Congressional Country Club. 

Day matched the performance a couple of years later as he finished T2 at U.S. Open 2013. He came close this time and finished just two strokes behind eventual champion Justin Rose. 

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Jason Day has just two Top 10 finishes in 18 starts this season. His best attempt includes a T7 finish at both the Vivint Houston Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Will he bounce back with good results for the remainder of the year?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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