JASON Day went down swinging, and three Australians finished in the top 20 of a Major championship.

It’s not everything Australian golf fans had hoped from the US Open, but the Aussie assault on Oakmont Country Club was nonetheless a solid achievement.

The world No.1 entered the second Major of the year as hot favourite, and many thought the 28-year-old’s bid for a second Major was finished after opening with a 6-over par 76. Day, however, showed his trademark grit and rallied back into contention on Saturday and Sunday.

While Dustin Johnson claimed his first Major triumph by three shots – following an incredibly controversial USGA penalty – Day’s 2-over par total earned him a T8 finish.

Next best of the Aussies were Marc Leishman and Adam Scott, who both finished with 6-over par totals for a share of 18th.

The last Australian to make the cut was Cameron Smith, who managed to make the weekend. But after a stellar T4 at his debut Major at the US Open last year, a 15-over par score and T59 finish won’t leave the Queenslander with great memories of Oakmont.

2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, Aron Price and Steven Bowditch all missed the cut.