Jason Day
Jason Day

JASON Day didn’t win a major in 2016, but his combined form in the four majors – the U.S. Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and U.S. PGA Championship – resulted in him finishing atop the leaderboard.

After 16 major rounds, the 28-year-old’s 1123 total – nine-under par – saw him finish 12 shots ahead of his nearest rival Jordan Spieth (1135).

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo finished third on 1142 – three ahead of American Kevin Na.

Adam Scott was the only other Australian to make the cut in all of the majors.

Just 14 players made the cut in all four major championships.

U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson had a commanding 11-shot lead over Jason Day going in to the U.S. PGA Championship, but the tall American missed the cut.

Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman, too, missed the cut at the PGA Championship to drop off the leaderboard.

To recap on the major season, Day tied for 10th at the Masters, tied eighth at the U.S. Open, tied 22 at the Open Championship and was runner-up at the PGA Championship.

For his effort in the four majors, the world number one, banked US$1,626,919.

Englishman Danny Willett, the Masters champion, was the only major winner in 2016 to play all four days in the four majors.

As mentioned, Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) missed the cut at the PGA Championship, Henrik Stenson (Open champion) put himself out of contention when he withdrew from the U.S. Open and wire-to-wire U.S. PGA champion Jimmy Walker missed the U.S. Open and Open Championship cut.

The 37-year-old certainly bounced back in the fourth major of the year.

Fifty-seven players made the cut at the Masters to progress to the “second stage” – the U.S. Open.

That number reduced to 33 when 24 players missed the cut at the U.S. Open and to 18 after the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy didn’t qualify after missing the cut at the U.S. Open.

Of the rest of the Australians, only Marc Leishman qualified for the four majors but he missed the cut at the Masters, which put him out of contention.

Queensland’s Cameron Smith made the cut in the U.S. Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship, but did not get the chance to play in the PGA Championship.

John Senden qualified for the PGA Championship only; Geoff Ogilvy played in the U.S. Open only, where he missed the cut; Scott Hend and Matt Jones played the Open and PGA and made cut in both; Marcus Fraser played the Open (missed cut) and PGA (made cut) and Steven Bowditch missed cut in first three majors of year and did not play in the PGA Championship.

 

When it came to the money list, a breakdown of the players who made the cut in all four majors shows that Masters champion Danny Willett banked US$1,885,173 –US$258,254 more than Day – courtesy of winning the Masters, T37 at U.S. Open, T53 at the Open and T79 at the PGA.

The only other player to crack the million-dollar mark was Lee Westwood (T2 Masters, T32 U.S. Open, T22 Open and 85th PGA) with US$1,025,310.

 

THE MAJORS SCOREBOARD 2016

Total Name                    Four major scores         To par                    Money (US$)

 

Jason Day                       289-282-285-267    1123   -9                1,626,919

Jordan Spieth                 286-289-286-274    1135   +3               1,150,058

Emiliano Grillo                292-293-283-274    1142   +10             465,619

Kevin Na                         303-281-285-276    1145   +13             481,498

Lee Westwood                  286-288-285-287    1146   +14             1,025,310

Rafa Cabrera-Bello           292-288-288-279    1147   +15             268,288

Danny Willett                  283-289-291-285    1148   +16             1,885,173

Bill Hass                         294-292-282-280    1148   +16             317,421

Martin Kaymer                300-289-287-272    1148   +16             409,498

Adam Scott                     299-286-289-275    1149   +17             310,299

Bubba Watson                 297-292-288-281    1158   +26             135,035

Justin Thomas                298-288-291-282    1159   +27             147,800

Harris English                299-289-290-281    1159   +27             128,397

Kevin Kisner                  297-291-298-275    1161   +29              220,481

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