A scintillating week of ball-striking has Jason Day raring for next month's Open Championship despite coming up short in his bid to chase eventual winner Chez Reavie at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship.
American Reavie ended an 11-year winless drought on the PGA Tour with victory at the event in Connecticut on Sunday.
Posting a one-under-par 69 at TPC River Highlands to finish at 17-under, Reavie earned a four-shot win from fellow Americans Zack Sucher (67) and Keegan Bradley (67).
Reavie's last win on the PGA Tour came at the 2008 Canadian Open.
Queenslander Jason Day shot 69 to secure a tie for eighth at 10 under.
"I went through some injuries and had some long years in between," Reavie said after winning US$1.3 million in prizemoney on Sunday.
"It gave me perseverance and good perspective of what life is.
"I enjoy every minute of every week I'm out here and I don't think I would if I didn't go through those tough times."
The 37-year-old Reavie started Sunday with a six-shot cushion but his lead diminished to just one during the final round.
However, the Arizona native held his nerve before bagging a birdie at the par-4 17th en route to victory.
Former World No.1 Day, who has accomplished caddie Steve Williams on the bag, started the final round seven shots behind Reavie.
RIGHT: Day shared eighth place at TPC River Highlands. PHOTO: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images.
Day missed birdie chances on the first two holes before picking one up at No.3 to hold some hope of a miracle comeback.
However, on the very next hole, Day three-putted for bogey before a rinsed tee shot at the par-3 8th led to a double-bogey that all but sealed his fate.
Day rattled off three back nine birdies to at least salvage his seventh top-10 result of this PGA Tour season.
Day hit a remarkable 63 of 72 greens in regulation (88 percent) for the tournament, while finding 44 of 56 (79 percent) fairways.
He is excited for the Open in Northern Ireland, where he will attempt to win a second career major to go with his 2015 US PGA Championship win.
Day will next play the 3M Open in Minnesota in July as his final hit-out.
"There are a lot of positives coming from this week; I hit 88 percent of greens," Day said.
"I feel really good about my game. I'm very motivated to go back and practise this coming week and get ready for the 3M."
Meanwhile, Day's countryman Marc Leishman signed off on the event he won in 2012 with a 68 to improve his 72-hole total to six under.
Cameron Davis (70) rounded out the Australian contingent finishing at three under.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press