Day's big play falls short at Pebble Beach

Jason Day displayed his go-for-broke mentality in a dramatic finish as he came up just short at the US PGA Tour's Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Jason Day had five birdies and three bogeys in his final round at the Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Jason Day had five birdies and three bogeys in his final round at the Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Reinforcing his return to form, Day followed his recent victory at Torrey Pines with a tie for second behind winner Ted Potter Jr. that lifts him two places to world No.8.

Australia's former world No.1 left nothing behind in his effort to secure a second straight victory, delighting fans with his bravado on the iconic par-5 final hole.

Trailing Potter by three shots and tied second, Day didn't hesitate in attempting to reach the green 255 yards away, hitting his second shot with his driver off the fairway into the wind.

He pulled his ball onto the beach left of the green and it shaped as a very costly move.

But he was able to play his ball off the pebbles that give the course its name and ended up salvaging a miraculous par by holing a long putt.

It gave him two-under-par 70 and a share of second alongside world No.1 Dustin Johnson (72), five-time major winner Phil Mickelson (67) and Chez Reavie (68).

Playing just behind him in the final group, Potter didn't falter, withstanding the final round pressure from some of golf's biggest names to shoot a 69 for a 17-under 270 total to clinch his second tour win.

Day had no regrets about his decision on the last hole.

"I'm trying to win a tournament, you can't play for outright second," Day told AAP.

"No one is going to remember me (for laying up) and getting second place.

"My hand was forced; I needed to give myself a chance to make an eagle and put a little bit of pressure on."

Aiming to be the first Australian to win at Pebble Beach since Brett Ogle took out the 1993 edition, Day now has five top-six finishes at California's famed Monterey Peninsula without lifting the trophy.

Day's focus now turns to preparing for the Masters, with the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the World Golf Championships-Match Play event his only two events leading up to the year's first major at Augusta National in April.

"I am (confident) because this has been a great West Coast swing for me," said Day, who won the 2016 Arnold Palmer and Match Play events.

"But I have to get back to the grind again. I have to throw myself into prep for the Masters and look at those two events as a fresh start."

Rod Pampling was next best of the Australians after a 71 left him at four under, while countryman Aaron Baddeley closed with a 73 for a three-under total.

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