JASON DAY mounted a serious effort to retain his Byron Nelson Championship title in Dallas today but a bit if a brain snap on the 14th ended his chances.
In a difficult scoring US PGA Tour event affected by strong wind gusts, Day shot out of the blocks with four birdies in his first 10 holes.
He dropped shots on the 11th and 12th and then on the 14th found his tee shot buried in the right rough with water and trees between his ball and the green.
Faced with the choice of safely getting the ball back into play or going for a miracle green shot, the 23 year old chose the latter.
“If I had one shot to replay it would be the second shot on 14 today, I should have chipped out but I felt I had to go for it,” Day said.
“Sometimes when you feel like you’ve got all the shots. That can hurt you sometimes, because I felt like I could get over the water there, but I couldn’t.”
The decision cost him a double bogey and any real chance of defending his title.
Even so, back to back birdies on 15 and 16 saw him finish with a three under 67, a tournament total of 1-under and just two shots off the playoff mark.
The event was finally won by young American Keegan Bradley, winning his first event on the tour in his rookie year in a playoff with fellow countryman Ryan Palmer.
Rod Pampling was the second best Australian in a tie for eighth, grabbing his second straight top 10 finish.