No shame there. No one birdied the finishing hole over the final two rounds. It was the shortest major championship course in nine years, but the scores were typical U.S. Open.
"I think that every club in the bag got a workout this week," he said. "So I think that it would be sad for it not to come back (here) to a U.S. Open."
His best shot came right after his worst one. He went from rough to creek at No. 11, then nearly put his next shot into the creek as well. But he holed out from the nasty rough for bogey.
From there, he had near misses, when he wasn't scrambling: "Nearly made the birdie on 13. ... Nearly holed a good putt on 15. ... Had two good saves on 16 and 17."
Too many near misses to win. He probably knew it when he tossed his club after the miss at 13. Or when he put both hands over his head after the miss at 15.
All of which means he's still 14 victories behind Tiger Woods when it comes to majors. Day ended his remarks by referencing the world's No. 1 player.
"You got to understand that, late Sunday of a U.S. Open — and U.S. Open courses are very hard — you can't do anything but kind of grind (it) out," Day said. "Like Tiger said at the start of the week, you just got to keep grinding those 10 footers and just grind away. So I was happy with how I played."